TWO IN ACTION
Eric Burdon, with whom Pete had a couple of warm conversations during the 50 Years Of Rock shows last year, has invited Pete to play on his forthcoming Greek tour.
Eric is performing blues, R & B standards and boogie as well as presenting his fascinating book.
Pete and Eric had talked about their various musical loves and discovered lots of common ground ranging from Big Joe Turner to Jelly Roll Morton.
Eric Burdon is one of the handful of strong individual voices to emerge from that fertile period in the Sixties when British artists took American traditional music forms like blues and folk and produced a new body of standards with a style all its own.
It has been said that Eric could sing the phone book and make it soulful, much like the recently lamented Ray Charles.
Pete is a drummer who can interpret any style of music in his own way on a drum set so this could be a dynamic mixture of two musical heavyweights.
Any fans in Greece should make a note of the dates and any fans going to Greece for an Easter holiday should take this opportunity to see these two in action.
THE TOURING HAS BEGUN WITH A BIG BANG!
Drum Legends with Pete, Charly Antolini and Herman Rarebell played their first show in the Germering Stadthalle on Thursday, March 3rd.
There had been around seven rehearsals prior to the premiere and the band was well-prepared. Together withHerman’s wife, Claudia Raab, on tenor saxophone were Bernd Kühl on guitar, Jörg Raabe on keyboards and Raoul Walton on bass guitar. The programme was made up of some rock standards, a couple of drum hits from Cozy Powell and Sandy Nelson, funk, fusion, Latin, swing, in fact all things drummy to hit you in your tummy!!!
There were some unexpected items like Charly’s stunning cadenza on the Baseler Drum and the brush feature “Cute” which had Charly with Pete playing the part of a vocalist and a big band.
Pete, Herman and Claudia are all singing; Bernd, Raoul and Jörg all join in the back-ups and Charly has some vocal breaks also.
The guys in the band all soloed with great effect and the packed audience responded to every exciting break. The three drummers each had an extended solo and these were spaced evenly throughout the evening. The different styles of the stars ensured that these dazzling displays never became repetitive or boring. The total years of drum experience of this unique percussion trio is over 140 so its not surprising that the audience was totally thrilled and amazed at the enthusiasm and power which surged off the stage and engulfed them.
JAMES B. WOODE THE II
Jimmy Woode, or as he enjoyed being referred to – James B. Woode the Second, passed away in New Jersey on the 22 April.
He had undergone an operation some weeks before and was much more weakened by it than he admitted. I am so grateful that I had the year of 2003 in his company. We travelled together to more than 100 concerts. We had fun with our music in the company of Helge Schneider and he regaled me with hundreds of stories about the Golden Era of jazz, now long gone.
Jimmy was a key bass player in the history of jazz, his singing was not heard nearly enough and his warmth, humour, charm and courtliness reflected the “gut-bucket” sophistication of the most enigmatic jazz personality of all time,his mentor, Duke Ellington.