#44 Bob Weiner- Drummer for Harry Belafonte, Jon Lucien, Andy Statman, Educator & Author
We had a special guest in the studio, Kassandra Kocoshis, who was our featured guest in Episode 12. The band she plays in is Las Chikas in the Los Angeles area. The other all female salsa band we mentioned from the east coast is Cocomama.
The iconic recording is the album Superfly by Curtis Mayfield. The tracks we enjoyed the most were "Little Child Runnin' Wild" as well as the title track "Superfly". The percussionist we referred to is "Master" Henry Gibson.
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Howlin' Wolf was also known as Chester Arthur Bennett and here are some other interesting facts about him.
In 1980, Bob ended up scoring the gig with musician and political activist, Harry Belafonte. This is the Autobiography he refers to. He also met the late, great Steve Berrios and took a lesson with him. Neil Clarke is the percussionist who sparked some of the interest in Bob in African rhythms.
There isn't much footage on the internet of Frankie Malabe, but here is a video taken at the benefit to help him get a liver transplant in 1992, featuring Papo Pepin, Joe Gonzales and Patato playing in an All Star band led by Mario Bauza......
This is a snippet of Fela Kuti performing around the same time that Bob met him in Nigeria. And this is a video of Steve Gadd and Ralph McDonald soloing in NYC. This is the incarnation of the Weather Report group Bob mentions with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. This is the Elvin Jones quartet Bob witnessed as a kid.
The school Bob went to in NYC was commonly known as "Music and Art". The Rudimental Ritual is performed by Alan Dawson with Brushes in this video (also having a link to the sheet music). The Ted Reed Syncopation book was also mentioned as something Bob worked with in his studies as well as the Charlie Wilcoxon, The All-American Drummer 150 Rudimental Solos
This is the Miami Vice (TV show) theme song by Jan Hammer. Complete with roto tom fills and all!
One of the last rhythms we talk about is the Guiro (Eleggua) which is traditionally played with three chekeres (gourds), one hoe blade and one tumbadora (sometimes played with one hand and one stick). Here is one version. and this is a better sounding version.....
Also mentioned is a popular rhythm from Brazil called Partido Alto. It is a Samba-esque pattern, and this video here breaks down the different parts and instruments involved in it.