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    [ Joey Baron ]

    Joey Baron - Live -Knitting Factory

    I could ramble on all day and night and into the next day about the enjoyment Joey Baron brings me. Whether I am in person or listening to a recording, Joey excites me and energizes me like no other musician. Below is a brief glimpse of Baron's Magic one night at the Knitting Factory in NYC.

    There is something very special about drummer, Joey Baron. Maybe it's the black shoes that he wears or maybe it's his glowing ear-to-ear smile or his shinning bald head. Or maybe it's his passion and musicality behind a drum kit. Quite possibly the later explains why the man, night in and night out, shoves the envelope to the other side of the universe. In the words of another performance witness, "Every night it's something different from Baron. I don't think there is another drummer around who plays as musically."

    Baron's brush skills were predominately displayed tonight. Sweeping every surface from snares to high hats to tom toms to cymbals to high hat stands, the smooth soothing strokes keep the meter flowing flawlessly enhancing the intricacies of James Williams (piano) and Greg Coehn's (upright bass) playing.

    Last night's performance was as straight forward as i have seen Baron play. The compositions were beautiful and full of life, but with straight forward melody lines and chord changes. Baron made the evening enjoyable. In fact, every time he took a solo even the waitresses stopped for a listen. Polytonal rhythms, flurries of 64th strokes, off-meter punctuations blurring the bar line, switching from brush to stick to hand to brush to hand to stick all in the matter of four beats, Baron exemplifies the professional drummer in today's jazz scene.

    Written By: Geoff T.