Half Notes: Joe Chambers – Horace To Max (2010)

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by Mark Saleski

There are drummers who can keep time, who stay out of the way in the effort to enhance their fellow musicians’ sound. Moving a step beyond that are people like Joe Chambers, who play with so much nuance and obvious consideration for the ongoing moment that what you’re hearing is no longer mere percussion, but a living part of the music. Just listen to the comping that Chambers does during bassist Dwayne Burno’s bass solo on “Asiatic Raes.” It’s like he’s filling all of those little cracks that neither musician knew existed. Just check out the subtle support given to Nicole Guiland during “Lonesome Lover,” or the thermonuclear swing of “Evidence.”

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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