“A great drum record is a total experience,” says session and touring superstar sticksman Kenny Aronoff. “The music is fantastic, the band is great – it’s never about just any one thing. It’s about all the elements coming together. Songs, spirit, vibe, power – I need everything.”
Growing up in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Aronoff’s house was filled with the sounds of jazz and classical music. It wasn’t long, however, before certain pop songs from the radio made a strong impression on the young drummer. Devil With The Blue Dress by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels was a big favorite – Aronoff tried to imitate the frenetic energy of Johnny “Bee” Badanjek.
“The excitement on that track was insane,” he enthuses. “And then there was Bernard Purdie on Aretha Franklin’s Respect. You heard those songs everywhere you went. They really made me go, ‘Whoa! Who’s doing that?’” [read]