Sunday, July 13, 2008
Interview with Drummer Leonard King
On my website entitled "Experimental Writing / Explorative Music" I am placing audio reviews with writers and musicians. The first podcast is a 90-minute interview with the important drummer Leonard King. Although best known as James Carter's drummer — he appears on Out of Nowhere, Live at Baker's Lounge and In Carterian Fashion — Leonard is himself a unique bandleader and composer. The following wide-ranging interview covers everything from the dubious origins of the word 'jazz' to the open cultural possibilities in Detroit in the 50's and 60's to the Vietnam war and all the way back to how fun it is to play with James Carter and Gerhard Gibbs in The James Carter Organ Trio.