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
Written By: Geoff T.