October 28, 2021
The most recent recordings from either of my bands: Tom Rainey Trio, “Combobulated” (with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock) and Tom Rainey - Obbligato, “Untucked in Hannover” (with Drew Gress, Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks and Ingrid Laubrock).
My role is always in flux. I alternate between leading groups, collaborating in collective ensembles as well acting as a sideman in several other bands.
My interest in music and drumming has been a constant part of my entire life. I grew up listening to the popular music of my time - the sixties and seventies. As a teenager I became more and more drawn to jazz and jazz rock. Since then I’m mostly drawn to music that surprises and mystifies me.
Getting to see and hear Duke Ellington live as a 13 year old was profound and solidified my interest in pursuing music.
And in my late teens going to the Village Vanguard and sitting just feet away from Elvin Jones as he played was another memorable occasion. After his set he rose up from the drums and as if on a string, I did the same. He must have noticed my awe and came over and shook my hand. I sat back down and looked over at a picture of John Coltrane on the wall of the club and had what could only be called an out of body experience.
My frustrations past and present always come from my expecting music to provide more than the pleasure of making music. I’ve been fortunate enough to survive as a creative musician for several decades but sometimes the ego doesn’t accept that as enough.
I’ve played the same drums since 1975. Beyond that ..... well there is no beyond that.
You can’t fail at music as long as music is it’s own reward.
I’ve had headphones since my teen years. For pleasure I mostly use headphones to not disturb my wife. For work I use them in the studio for monitoring and at home for checking details of recordings to be mixed.
These Audeze headphones provide the clarity, detail and comfort I’ve been seeking in a headphone. Listening to recordings I’m familiar with and comparing the Audeze to my other headphones confirmed that the LCD-1 will be my go-to phones. Couldn’t be happier with my choice!