16th 2012
The Jazz Session #338: Barry Altschul

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Barry Altschul’s latest CD is History Of Jazz In Reverse (TUM, 2011) with the FAB Trio featuring Joe Fonda and Billy Bang. In this interview, Altschul talks about growing up in the South Bronx; his roots in the tradition and how he uses them even when playing “free”; and how he achieves a personal sound on the drums. Learn more at myspace.com/barryaltschul.


6 Responses to “The Jazz Session #338: Barry Altschul”

  1. Richard Kamins on 17 Jan 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Thanks for the “shoutout!” But, even more thanks for this excellent conversation with Barry Altschul. His 1980 Sackville recording with Ray Anderson and Mark Helias – “Brahma” – remains one of my favorites, sounding fresh and relevant 3 decades after its release.

    His recent work with Jon Irabagon and The F-A-B Trio is not to be missed. Thanks again for taking the time to let younger generations of listeners discover this fine musician.


  2. Jason Crane on 17 Jan 2012 at 9:47 am #

    My pleasure, brother! Glad to have you as part of the fam.


  3. Phillip Mc on 21 Jan 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Thank you for this wonderful interview. An amazing drummer. I still remember when he was playing with Anthony Braxton. Keep them coming Jason.

  4. Jason Crane on 22 Jan 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. jasoncrane.org » POEM: skreeks & skronks (annotated version) on 10 Apr 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    […] [1] This is a reference to some sounds coming from Terrence McManus’s Brooklyn EP, which I was listening to while writing this poem. [2] A reference to this video. [3] A revision of a line from the Paul Simon song “Hearts & Bones” combined with the science-y bit from the previous line. [4] The previous line made me think of the Large Hadron Collider. [6] Another description of the music from note [1]. [7] e.g. “arpeggio” [10] The record changed to a duo album with Terrence McManus and drummer Gerry Hemingway called Below The Surface Of. [11] Factually true, then “saved” becomes a play on words for converting to Christianity. [16-17] These two lines came to me months ago but I never used them. They popped into my head while I was writing this poem. Robert Fripp is the founder and leader of the band King Crimson, among other things. The “two & four” thing is a classic jibe at white folks who are stereotypically more likely to clap on the first and third beats of a measure. If memory serves, Fripp once edited some performances in the studio to make drummer Bill Bruford’s playing sound more in 4/4 time than Bruford had played it. [18] A revision of a line from Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” (“lay me down in sheets of linen”). When I got to “sheets of” I thought of John Coltrane’s “sheets of sound”. [19-20] A mounted poster of Coltrane is hanging in my bedroom. When I hung it, I dropped it and cut my hand while catching it. I bled on the poster and have never cleaned off the blood stain. [22] Ascension is an album by John Coltrane. [23] “seated at the right hand of the father” is a line from the Apostles’ Creed, which I can still stay from memory despite not having been to a Catholic mass since the early 80s. Earl “Fatha” Hines was a jazz pianist. [24-25] This is a paraphrase of something said by drummer Barry Altschul when I interviewed him earlier this year. […]

  6. Record Of The Day: A.R.C by Chick Corea/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul | Jason Crane (dot org) on 27 Jan 2015 at 2:09 pm #

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