Saturday, June 23, 2012

Carmen Intorre Jr. For The Soul The Interview Part Two!

Continuing my interview with Carmen Intorre Jr. Part One is at:

I call you a lyrical drummer because I seem to hear some Max Roach in you. Who are your inspirations in drumming and how have they effected you? What was the last disc you purchased.

C.I. - "I'm definitely into Max Roach.  He was the first to make a drum solo a composition.  There are so many inspirations in drumming for me Buddy Rich, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe, Shelly Manne, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Michael Carvin, Al Foster, Mike Clark, Tony Allen, Carl Allen, Lewis Nash, Billy Drummond, Byron Landham, Kendrick Scott, Marcus Gilmore, Mark Guilana.  I really dig all of these guys.  They all approach playing the drums the way I like to.  The latest discs that I purchased a few weeks back are James Brown's Funky People Part 1, 2, and 3, Red Garland Solar, Shirley Scott Blue Seven, Teddy Edwards Quartet Teddy's Ready, Lightnin' Hopkins My Baby's Gone, Elvin Jones Earth Jones, and Jimmy Smith with Eddie Harris All the way Live."

 You have played extensively with the great Pat Martino. What is the most important musical lesson you may have learned from this experience?

C.I. - "It is an honor to play with Pat.  Playing with him was always a goal of mine since I moved to NYC in 99'.  I used to go hear his trio and record it for Billy Hart who needed to learn the music for their upcoming recording Live at Yoshi's.  So I became interested in Pats music.  My first opportunity performing with him as a featured guest of the Joey DeFrancesco Trio was at the Iridium last year September.  A few months later I got a call from Pat's manager asking if I can make some hits with his trio.  Both Bianchi and I are always looking forward to sharing the stage with Pat.  I learn so much on and off the bandstand from him.  Every gig he brings it, he takes no prisoners.  Musically he has taught me to be in the moment.  Not to have a preconceived idea of what the music should sound like.  I experience musical highs when I am in the moment of what is taking place."

Finally you speak of giving up part of your soul in terms connectivity with an audience. A most admirable quality and one of the key ingredients as to the power of this recording. Has the business side of jazz sucked the soul out of some performers? Artists now have a much larger platform via social media etc so what is the hardest part of your job and how do critics effect you if at all?

C.I. - "I think the business side of things can suck the soul out of performers.  Lots of younger musicians are being made into leaders without having been sidemen.  So there is alot of pressure on performers to make it happen.  How to look, how to sound, who should be in the band etc etc.  I do realize that there are not that many opportunities to be a sideman and learn from seasoned leaders but then again there are.  It all depends on what you want to be coming out of the gate.  I'm not trying to be a star like some people. Stars come and go.  I'm looking for longevity.  There's no way to please everyone out there but all I can do is to be me.  Being true to myself is what I think an audience can relate to.  There are many distractions and issues to deal with that get in the way of making music.  So when it comes time to hit on the bandstand you're exhausted.  I don't like to be stressed out. I stay away from people who are stressed out themselves. I'm a laid back kind of guy.  I want to thank you again for your support and interest Brent.  We need more people like you out here! Thank you again for the interview."

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