Known Johnson

June 27, 2005


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 9:09 pm

This guy is amazing (be sure and check out the A/V page for a fascinating video, plus his CD page for samples.) He plays all hand-percussion, but does so in such a way to sound like a drummer with sticks, only relying on a shaker on his left leg to keep time like a drummer would with a high hat. What’s more, he goes beyond sounding like a drummer to get an even more muscular sound. I’m betting there’s dozens of technically-great drummer who wish they could cop some of this guy’s tremendous sense of time and power – how many drummers do you actually want to just listen to, without accompaniment? I can think of only a few, the first names coming to mind being Rush’s Neil Peart and ex-Yes/ex-King Crimson/now-jazz drummer Bill Bruford. And who does he play with? No one! He plays in New York’s subways, solo, where he sells his drumming CDs. Found through a link from a link from a link . . . wish I could remember where now.


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