Those are great snare drums, Dave — I have a 7x14 that I got from Ron and Rick in 1990 along with a with a 13/14/16/18/26/26 Ludwig Classic kit. By then they were offering only 5" and 7" deep snares (I tried to get them to build me a 6.5" and had to settle for a 7").OK - finally to your question... what was the rig? ...
I'm pretty sure the snare would've been my Valley Drum Shop 6.5x14 blonde wood snare (that Ron and Rick Syde use to make and sell out of their shop)...
Thanks Benny!You remind me of Warren Zevon . Always in the pocket , very smooth and those fiberglass shells ... whew !! perfect . Singer has a South Africaan lilt .
Oh yeah, I still have it. Though about 10 years ago, I was working on learning more about drum refinishing and it was looking pretty ratty. So it became my guinea pig for my stain and poly experiment.Those are great snare drums, Dave — I have a 7x14 that I got from Ron and Rick in 1990 along with a with a 13/14/16/18/26/26 Ludwig Classic kit. By then they were offering only 5" and 7" deep snares (I tried to get them to build me a 6.5" and had to settle for a 7").
Do you still have yours? I still have mine (along with the Ludwig Classic kit). I had the snare detailed by a friend who did pinstriping.
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About a year or so before I became involved, Passport did an American tour and was planning on doing another in 1980.And David, very cool to hear about your time in Passport. I dug them. I thought the European slant on the music was there, and it made me think, "Hey, this is different," and I like different. And as we know, ECM records was revving up at that time, in its chill Nordic-Germanic way - again, different from American jazz. Zawinul himself was European. We were on the hunt for creativity.
I saw Passport in Detroit around that time, I think at Ford Auditorium. Do you recall playing there?
I don't see those Valley Drum Shop snares discussed very often. I have a 7x14 blond maple that I bought sometime around 1986 or so. Great drums.Thanks - that album was recorded one week in the fall of '79. And was the result of what was probably the strangest "cold call" to play a session in my career.
Back in '77, I played the Montreux Jazz Festival with the Don Ellis band. Klaus Doldinger was there at the same time as part of some "Atlantic Records All Stars" segment (that Don took part in as well). Anyway Klaus caught up with me in the Artist's Bar after our set, introduced himself was very kind with compliments, etc.. I, of course, had some Passport albums, so was like "Wow, how cool was that?"
And that was the end of it.
Fast forward to '79 - and I get a call out of the blue from Passport's agent in America saying that Klaus would love to get in touch with me over the phone from Germany. As it turned out, he was prepping to do a new Passport LP and was kind of at a crossroads with his current drummer. Maybe time to make a change, blah blah blah. I wasn't really aware of that at the time - just that he wanted to know if I'd be interested in coming to Munich to do some recording with him. He had a studio at his house outside Munich and would fly me to Munich and put me up in a hotel nearby (where the rest of the band would be staying as well) and we'd see what we could get done. We agreed on a fee - and off I was to Munich.
At that time, Passport was being far less prog rock and much more - Weather Report meets LA Express meets the Brecker Bros - pretty much the center of my universe at that point. It was later I found out that the plan was to try me out for a week - and then finish the album at some later week of sessions either with me, or the current drummer, or someone else. As it turned out, things really clicked - all the way around. So we finished all of the basic tracks and I think most (or all) of the band overdubs in that first week.
So that was the Oceanliner LP - and as it turned out, I returned three times the next year - to tour and make a live album and another studio album.
OK - finally to your question... what was the rig? The toms and bass drum were the house drums at Klaus' studio. I'm pretty sure it was a Pearl set (as Passport had a deal with Pearl Germany) - 14x20 bass drum. And I'm pretty sure, I was able to put together from what he had, a set-up like my Blaemire Don Ellis setup - 4 concert toms... 8, 10, 12, 14 At least that's my recollection.
I'm pretty sure the snare would've been my Valley Drum Shop 6.5x14 blonde wood snare (that Ron and Rick Syde use to make and sell out of their shop). And the cymbals would've been mine as well. Most of which are still set up behind me right now - 20" '68 A ride, 20" swish, 14" New Beats and likely a 15" Zildjian crash (that a long time ago probably came to some horrible end).
All in all - a very cool experience.
I always thought trying to pull a pop vocal single out of a decently known instrumental band was a whole bunch of wishful thinking - certainly not the main reason I was there.I don't know the album Dave is on here as well as I know Cross Collateral, Hand Made, Looking Thru and Infinity Machine. This sounds very pop-oriented with vocals and that would be the reason why I probably shied away from it. But, hey I will listen to it now that I hear it's flavor.