The Band Works
L'Experience Music Project est
un musée de la musique situé à Seattle
(USA) totalement dédié aux musiques populaires
du 20ème siècle. C'est aussi un site internet
très documenté - empsfm.org (lien inactif en 2016) - qui diffuse régulièrement de nombreux
documents sur les
musiques, les musiciens et les pratiques instrumentales.
L'EMP diffuse deux vidéos de Robert Wyatt dans
ses archives: How The Band Works - ci-dessous -
et Jazz et
The Player: Robert Wyatt is a singer-songwriter and former
drummer for the British art rock band the Soft Machine.
My parents used to advertise for lodges, which was a source
of income for my parents who didnt have much of an income,
and one of the people who came to stay with us was a drummer
from California whod studied and taught at Bali Drum City,
which was run by a drummer called Joe Morello. He came and instead
of playing for lodging he taught me drums cause he didnt
have any money. So his rent was he would teach me drums. So
I was taught how to hold the sticks correctly. Now his favorite
drummer was a bloke called Philly Joe Jones, and he made me
listen to Philly Joe Jones.
Philly Joe Jones, thats not his real name, it just means
a drummer from Philadelphia who reminded everybody of the original
great Joe Jones. He was the drummer who played with Count Basie.
Anyway, this is a very good education in one man. George Nidorf,
he taught me not about how to play drums but how the point of
drums is and the point of all instruments is their role only
really makes sense in the context of other instruments so that
youre only a good drummer if youre listening to
the bass player, and if youre listening to the other musicians
in the band. But the band works as one organism, and thats
really what I learned from George.