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Buddy sent this comment regarding the vid below on the topic of "Why Brubeck's guys never move their feet":
Watch the insane stop at 3:00 and the double stick whirl at 3:38 --this is 1945, and the war was peaking, spilling into popular culture through the second channel --the meta story, not on screen, not under director or even actor control. You see that in Krupa's despairing eyes (as he apes the opposite attitude) in the close up at 3:20 to 3:25 --ten years later the avante garde model will have passed on to Paul Desmond, world war in a wood wind, played standing straight up and stock still (note the Krupa crouch attacking the vertical plane) without moving a muscle, the kinetic continental killing now scaled down to chromatic vs diatonic, a new mankind saying, "reed my lips, no new praxis!"
Hey, cool --thanks, BD. I got off onto the drummers yesterday trying to chase down a Joe Morello (Brubeck's drummer, now sadly RIP) video --i know your wide-range of Maggie music and was copying you various hints i was sending my sister and daughter, grandma of and cousin to this drummer boy, 22 and already an international rock star (him on the left at the front of this NPR interview),
figuring the two of them could dig the old showmanship and are close enough to what the band is doing to nudge a little advice to, well, mebbe loosen up a little on camera --after all, no law against being young and successful --when they ready up the next phase. Recall the Beatles 'next' phase, they went to India and studied under the wazzizname Zen Yogaberra Sheesh m'Hashish, sorta dumping a little of their spontaneous charm along the way (tho that was probly the acid, not the huckster).
Anyhoo, never did find that exact Morello, but goshamighty, if THIS won't do, i'll eat m'hat 'n m'candy
notes on Gene Krupa --he developed his own drum set, and that set 'is' the modern drum set --Krupa intro'd the bass drum foot pedal, and the 'tuned' tom-toms (only tympani --kettle drums --had had the rims with tunable lugs), and the 'splash' cymbal and top-hat pedal linkages.
see this wiki --that drum set, that's the Gene Krupa innovation --his machine for getting the drummer some spotlights, not to mention some hollywood.
"No obvious effort". Yeah. Check out some 50s / 60s footage of Miles Davis. Even 70s, when he got all funkadelic. 'Bout all that moves while he plays is his eyebrows.
Somewhere I read a horn player complaining how guitar players could be playing the simplest riffs but because they didn't have their faces planted on one or another kind of mouthpiece, they could just act like they were playing something really hot.