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Among them was the Johnny Bamford Big Band, Infusing the music with the man: with Jimmy Shaw on drums, playJohn Pochée, 1995 ing Kenton material at the Iron Workers’ Club in George Street in the city. He heard players like saxophonists Bob Bertles and Dave Owens playing bebop, although his preference at the time was for the American ‘Cool School’, especially Dave Brubeck. ‘When [drummer] Joe Morello joined Brubeck, I was blown away by his tasteful brushwork’, he says. Having begun working as a musician, Pochée met pianist Dave Levy, with whom he both played and listened extensively.
I felt very early in my career that I wanted to have an identifiable sound. When I heard [bullish virtuoso drummer] Buddy Rich I thought, ‘Well, there’s no point in trying to play like that’. indd 38 14/7/08 1:06:21 PM To view this image, please refer to the print version of this book The Godfathers... indd 39 14/7/08 1:06:23 PM figured he and all those other players with great speed and technique had those areas covered. A lot of other guys aspired to that style of playing, but although I loved listening to it, I never wanted to be one of those type players.
When he began he would hear something he wanted to be able to play, and, not knowing what it was, would compose something to allow him to play that way. He has found that being a composer rubs off on the way he plays standards: ‘Not in trying to make them different, but in trying to make them more personal. indd 50 14/7/08 1:06:33 PM more organic, and partly the result of experimentation along the way, without ever turning his back on the tradition: The tradition is so strong that to be really original in this music you have to in some kind of way come through the tradition.
Jazz: The Australian Accent by John Shand