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Will Calhoun; Man of Raw Versatility

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1 Will Calhoun; Man of Raw Versatility on Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:54 pm

Don't know if Will Calhoun reads music but he'll always respect my attention when it comes to music transitioning one into the other as in jazz-to-rock then to big band). He never, ever seem to stop amaze me throughout the years of my developing as a musician. There's this crude, ballistic rawness in his performances that heightens at the point of near disturbing, yet profoundly preserving context and groove in it's own right...it's his mark, it's Will Calhoun like no other and I've grown to love it!
Thought it interesting that his signature series of cymbals, in my opinion, represents his conceptual approach. I personally had a Sabian Will Calhoun Cymbal purchased 12 years ago when I first starting listening-in to his playing.

From Living Colour to offering his tribute to the late great Buddy Rich! Watch him as he wonderfully restrictively plays the chart music! cheers  cheers  cheers  cheers  cheers

Video performances below - Mr. Will Calhoun's take to Buddy


With Living Colour Live


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2 Re: Will Calhoun; Man of Raw Versatility on Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:22 am

I've admired Will for the diverse areas of music he's braved through.
I personally have never really cared for his playing approach, however.

But Will's just doing his thing..... And I respect that.

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3 Re: Will Calhoun; Man of Raw Versatility on Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:32 pm

Sheesh! He sits as low as I do!

cheers afro lol!

Very powerful player.  I was not
a fan of the music but like Don,
always respected him.

I do not like him in the big band
setting, I must admit. There is
very little swing in that perform-
ance but that is my view.

He is a fine player, though.



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4 Re: Will Calhoun; Man of Raw Versatility on Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:55 pm

Right, Pete, he touched on several different styles
but really was just OK at them.  And like Niel Pert
he probably wouldn't get the nod for the drummer's
chair in a big band.  His best playing to me was with
Living Colour.  After that I saw everything else he did
as a dabble. Also, I find his meter to be a bit suspect.

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5 Re: Will Calhoun; Man of Raw Versatility on Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:20 am

He gets my absolute respect to land this gig! I thought I recognized him! I think his solo is pretty good, nice dbl stroke action. A bit of a basher, sometimes that's called for. Strong player I have an album of his that is very diverse, with a DVD with him on some electronic thing I wasn't too into but it looked fun as hell.
Check out the bassist here too; I think this link will work https://vimeo.com/61261886

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