Hey folks, welcome back to the Chops Percussion blog! I know it’s been a while since I rapped at you, but I’ve been busy not working on Saturdays. I’ll tell you, it’s been tough.
Today I’d like to start a brief series on rock and roll instrumental songs. A couple months back a friend and I started compiling a list of our favorite rock and roll instrumental tracks. We came up with a couple dozen off the top of our heads, then continued research on the internet. Eventually we came up with the following criteria for a track to make the list:
Songs that crossed over to rock and roll radio from another genre, such as jazz, were eliminated. For instance, fusion classics such as “Birdland” by Weather Report, and “Red Baron” by Billy Cobham were not eligible.
Songs that were largely instrumental, but included several words were also not eligible. For instance, a personal favorite, “David Bowie” by Phish was eliminated.
In part one of this series I’ll start with some of the better known classics. You may be familiar with these, because they’ve been on the radio at one time. Take the time to listen to each track and study the drummer’s
#1 – “YYZ”, Rush, from Moving Pictures
For further listening, be sure to check out the live version that later appeared on Exit . . . Stage Left, which includes a brief drum solo.
The Indiana Percussion Association Executive Board would like to take a moment to welcome you all to 2017 IPA season that kicks off this weekend with invitationals at Owen Valley High School and New Palestine High School. We are very excited for the season ahead of us as we march our way to the Hulman Center for State Finals on April 1, 2017.