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I saw Terry last night in Sacramento. Cool, unique concert experience. Terry’s drum/percussion compositions ranged from the ethereal to the visceral sometimes in the same piece and he’s still got the monster chops. During each set (there was about a twenty minute intermission) he spoke about some of the unique instruments he was using, his gig relationship with the Drum Channel and DW drums, his crew (his wife and his roadie/sound man), his music available, his influences, a music theory lesson/demonstration on time signatures) and some fun stories including the time he introduced Patrick O’Hearn to FZ which led to an all night recording session. Nice intimate environment in an about half full nightclub. A fair amount of younger and females were in attendance. When Terry asked how many drummers were in attendance about 20% of the room raised their hands. I bought a couple of CDs and a TB tank top.



Dam it I should have went... :smoke:


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Steve Vai on Vinnie Colaiuta:
"I was just enamored with Vinnie. Back in the Frank Zappa days, his whole approach, when I heard Vinnie play, his phrasing - it satisfied something in my heart. It was easy to get certain rhythmic gratification from straight up-and-down-type players. Playing grooves, alternate grooves here and there. But Vinnie just came in and threw a wrench into the works. The guy is an alien. He was able to touch buttons with his sense of polyrhythms that no one has ever done. Frank's band was the perfect soundboard for that.
I started transcribing his playing for The Frank Zappa Book. I mean, there's five to six different notations for the hi-hat!"

"I'll tell you a really great Vinnie story. He's one of the most amazing sight-readers that ever existed on the instrument. One day we were in a Frank rehearsal, this was early '80s, and Frank brought in this piece of music called "Mo 'N Herb's Vacation." Just unbelievably complex. All the drums were written out, just like "The Black Page" except even more complex. There were these runs of like 17 over 3 and every drumhead is notated differently. And there were a whole bunch of people there, I think Bozzio was there."

"Vinnie had this piece of music on the stand to his right. To his left he had another music stand with a plate of sushi on it, okay? Now the tempo of the piece was very slow, like "The Black Page." And then the first riff came in, with all these choking of cymbals, and hi-hat, ruffs, spinning of rototoms and all this crazy stuff. And I saw Vinnie reading this thing. Now, Vinnie has this habit of pushing his glasses up with the middle finger of his right hand. Well I saw him look at this one bar of music, it was the last bar of music on the page. He started to play it as he was turning the page with one hand, and then once the page was turned he continued playing the riff with his right hand, as he reached over with his left hand, grabbed a piece of sushi and put it in his mouth, continued the riff with his left hand and feet, pushed his glasses up, and then played the remaining part of the bar."

"It was the sickest thing I have ever seen. Frank threw his music up in the air. Bozzio turned around and walked away. I just started laughing."

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Steve Vai on Vinnie Colaiuta:
"I was just enamored with Vinnie. Back in the Frank Zappa days, his whole approach, when I heard Vinnie play, his phrasing - it satisfied something in my heart. It was easy to get certain rhythmic gratification from straight up-and-down-type players. Playing grooves, alternate grooves here and there. But Vinnie just came in and threw a wrench into the works. The guy is an alien. He was able to touch buttons with his sense of polyrhythms that no one has ever done. Frank's band was the perfect soundboard for that.
I started transcribing his playing for The Frank Zappa Book. I mean, there's five to six different notations for the hi-hat!"

"I'll tell you a really great Vinnie story. He's one of the most amazing sight-readers that ever existed on the instrument. One day we were in a Frank rehearsal, this was early '80s, and Frank brought in this piece of music called "Mo 'N Herb's Vacation." Just unbelievably complex. All the drums were written out, just like "The Black Page" except even more complex. There were these runs of like 17 over 3 and every drumhead is notated differently. And there were a whole bunch of people there, I think Bozzio was there."

"Vinnie had this piece of music on the stand to his right. To his left he had another music stand with a plate of sushi on it, okay? Now the tempo of the piece was very slow, like "The Black Page." And then the first riff came in, with all these choking of cymbals, and hi-hat, ruffs, spinning of rototoms and all this crazy stuff. And I saw Vinnie reading this thing. Now, Vinnie has this habit of pushing his glasses up with the middle finger of his right hand. Well I saw him look at this one bar of music, it was the last bar of music on the page. He started to play it as he was turning the page with one hand, and then once the page was turned he continued playing the riff with his right hand, as he reached over with his left hand, grabbed a piece of sushi and put it in his mouth, continued the riff with his left hand and feet, pushed his glasses up, and then played the remaining part of the bar."

"It was the sickest thing I have ever seen. Frank threw his music up in the air. Bozzio turned around and walked away. I just started laughing."


I've heard that story before. Although I had thought it was during his audition. Clearly I'm wrong. Vinnie is my favorite Zappa drummer from a technical and musical standpoint. But Terry is my favorite from a theatrical standpoint. I still watch the drum solo on Baby Snakes and love when he leaps back onto the drum throne after finishing his little cymbal interlude. Bombastic and fluid all at the same time.


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