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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:35 am 
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I searched around and couldn't find this posted here, but this is really fascinating stuff here. Terry Bozzio hosts a roundtable discussion with Ralph Humphrey, Chester Thompson, Chad Wackerman and the lovely superhuman percussionist Ruth Underwood. Good stories about what they went through to audition for the Grand Master Wazoo among other stuff.

http://www.drumchannel.com/entertainment/3016.aspx


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:41 am 
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Hi Dr O'Boogie, welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing. Actually it has been brought up a least a couple of times before:

FZ Drummers Roundtable on Drum Channel

Terry Bozzio and Zappa drummers

Anyway, RDNZl, uh, I mean, redundancy is part of any forum, and sometimes the search engine screws up... Cheers.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:08 am 
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Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
Hi Dr O'Boogie, welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing. Actually it has been brought up a least a couple of times before:

FZ Drummers Roundtable on Drum Channel

Terry Bozzio and Zappa drummers

Anyway, RDNZl, uh, I mean, redundancy is part of any forum, and sometimes the search engine screws up... Cheers.

I kind of figured it might have been buried somewhere around here.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:10 am 
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The video, btw, is awsome indeed!

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Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
The video, btw, is awsome indeed!

Did you check out the drum session Bozzio, Thompson, Wackerman and Humphrey did? Terrific!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:12 am 
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No, ah, not yet...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:43 am 
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http://www.abstractlogix.com/xcart/product.php?productid=24396

Probably available elsewhere, also.

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Can't be "advertized" too much. It is such a great program. Lot's of fine anecdotes, lots of great info, lots of humor and lots of warmth (if there is a word like this ;.).

One of the most interesting "Zappaology" thing is how Ruth tells about the time where Mothers was on tour with Mahavisnu. To her it was an important impetus to Zappa's desire to move more into "heavy" stuff from tje jazz stuf (i.e., the transition from the 73 band with Ponty to the 73/74 bands with Chester). Apparently, Zappa was impressed with the power of McLaughlin and Billy Cobham.

But there're many, many other good stories.

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Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
The video, btw, is awsome indeed!
Dr O'Boogie wrote:
Did you check out the drum session Bozzio, Thompson, Wackerman and Humphrey did? Terrific!
Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
No, ah, not yet...
:roll: .well, here it is, mr. green genes: zappa drummers jam

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:04 pm 
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It's a real shame Jimmy wasn't around for this, I would've loved to hear his recollections on those goofy, wacky and weird early MOI days.

The drum session these guys do is really great, as a former drummer myself, the one that catches my attention over the rest is Chester. He pretty much makes himself the groovemeister on this. Over the course, he developes various grooves where the others would follow, it's really well laid out to where it doesn't get mundane.

I'm sure the guys were all over Ruth to get in on this, but I guess when she retired, she retired.


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Dr O'Boogie wrote:
I'm sure the guys were all over Ruth to get in on this, but I guess when she retired, she retired.

yeah, it's too bad she didn't take part in it.

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Lumpy Gravy wrote:
Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
The video, btw, is awsome indeed!
Dr O'Boogie wrote:
Did you check out the drum session Bozzio, Thompson, Wackerman and Humphrey did? Terrific!
Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
No, ah, not yet...
:roll: .well, here it is, mr. green genes: zappa drummers jam

Ah, is this him?

:mrgreen: Thanks...

Wow. I was a big fan of drum duos already, but to put four great drummers together can also be so fun!

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I wish Vinnie had been there. And Ed Mann as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:32 pm 
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Lumpy Gravy wrote:
Dr O'Boogie wrote:
I'm sure the guys were all over Ruth to get in on this, but I guess when she retired, she retired.

yeah, it's too bad she didn't take part in it.


Even in the old days she didn't "jam" often. FZ said once she had a mental block about improvising.


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pbuzby wrote:
Lumpy Gravy wrote:
Dr O'Boogie wrote:
I'm sure the guys were all over Ruth to get in on this, but I guess when she retired, she retired.

yeah, it's too bad she didn't take part in it.


Even in the old days she didn't "jam" often. FZ said once she had a mental block about improvising.

I think I remember reading about this, that she was a strictly by-the-numbers reader of written scores. And of course, Frank certainly gave her more than her share of challenges. Especially on Inca Roads, what a workout that must've been.


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Shame Vinnie isn't on the round table. But I bet he'll do something Zappa ish a some point though:)

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Ronny's Noomies wrote:
I wish Vinnie had been there. And Ed Mann as well.

and Aynsley.


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