Amazing and tasteful drummer with a sprawling resume. While he has many notable performances, this one is a gem and a perfect demonstration of restraint and dynamics. Listen to his hi hat placement during the bridge, subtle but epic stuff.
That drummer is John Guerin.
And... JDA and I!Vinnie Colaiuta? Jeff Watts? Poogie Bell? Art Blakey? Roger Humphries?
Tons of great drummers come from that region.
I love Russ's drumming. My favorite recording that Russ has done is this...
That is some of the best pop drumming EVER!!! A touchstone for me.
Pocket, groove, great sound, EVERYTHING!
Oh and some wonderful songs too.
I was in Export PA a couple times.(see his place of birth. It's "Export, Pa." I believe. 12 miles thru the woods from me; plus his family name "Kunkle's " has had a Subaru dealer ship there since the early 70s) I don't think he ever returned (for family if it's the same Kunkle or for anything)
Far out man.
actually Delmont, Pa. /that area/export/delmont are next to each other) cows and fields and a convenience store
and other stuff/simple life. heartland east
Two years ago, I had no clue, who Russ Kunkel is. Shame on me. Of course, I knew a lot of songs he drummed on, but the name meant nothing to me....
Kunkel and Sklar .......! ...
Russ and the guys backing up Taylor and Browne - Sklar, Kortchmar and Doerge - had an instrumental band called The Section.I seem to recall Kunkel playing on a fusion record at some point - might have been his own date?
That’s quite amazing that you were learning Carole King songs to that degree ….I have been a long time fan of Russ’s playing. I was first introduced to his playing by one of my first drum teachers . We were listening to the Tapestry album by Carole King . We would chart out the drum part and then I would practice the song for the next lesson . I was only about 11 at the time and it was such a great lesson in restraint and playing for the song . Russ has been a big influence on me .
Two years ago, I had no clue, who Russ Kunkel is. Shame on me. Of course, I knew a lot of songs he drummed on, but the name meant nothing to me.
You can skip the talking. Music starts at 1:48. To play along with this master helped me a lot in understanding structures of good songs .............
Hi MikeHey Tarkus ...... thanks for posting this! Reminded me of how much I dig Lee Sklar, not only as a musician (half of Kunkel & Sklar, among countless other things!), but as a genuine human being. But I would suggest that one not "skip the talking"; that's what makes Lee's videos special to me. I appreciate his warmth and "actuality" as "just another guy" you'd like to sit down and have a "chin wag" with. Don't know about you, but that's one of the main things I've missed over the last 1 1/2 years of COVID isolation - just sitting down and talking music with other musicians ........ in addition to playing, of course.
And thanks to everyone for this Forum ....... it's been a great help to me during this trying time ........ !
I had been taking lessons for five years by that time . This particular teacher was a great influence as he introduced so many great bands to me as part of his teaching. Our regular routine was for him to pick an album and we would go through it track by track and chart out each song . Then I would play the chart for the week until I had it down . I was Kit allowed to move to the next track tillI had mastered the current one .That’s quite amazing that you were learning Carole King songs to that degree ….