- Nov 29, 2015
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Are you sure you can tell? I only ask because I had the experience of doing a TV special that also had the Ben Folds Five on. I got to see and hear their drummer, Darren Jessee quite up close throughout that day. And really enjoyed his playing as raw as it was. In other words, a player whose obvious limitations really help give the band a unique sound. Much like what you are describing.
Boy was I wrong. Sometime later I heard him play in a different setting - away from that band - and that rawness and those apparent limitation were no where to be heard. Which was good as they wouldn't have serve this other music at all. Then it struck me just how much that raw, unsophisticated edge that defined his playing with Folds was to a great degree just a role... a costume... donned for that music because that's what served it best.
Some players make it sound easy. Some make it sound hard. The latter works better for you than the former. Cool. But that doesn't speak at all to truth of their chops or headroom. Maybe some are that limited and holding on by a thread. But I doubt it is as many as you may imagine.
First off - anyone capable of doing something night after night, with the stakes high, with the cameras rolling - has headroom beyond what it takes to just make it though the music. And even more so for anyone capable of sounding real, powerful and "present" on a recording - as most of us just sound flat, dull and lifeless on tape.
Side note from the thread: Darren Jessee is a fantastic drummer, and a huge influence on my own playing. Was it the Sessions at West 54th show that you're talking about?