Drummer: Joe Correro
Drummer: Joe Correro
Percussionist: Paulinho Da Costa, Warner Bros.1978.
This release features singer Al Jarreau at his most relaxed and at home, enraptured in the embrace of a rhythm section headed by the unheeded master drummer Joe Correro.
Note that Al Jarreau, who has enjoyed long tenures with the best of the best drummers, from Acuna to Gadd, has been quoted as saying that Correro
is one of his faves.
staggers me now as he
did when I purchased this as a new, vinyl release.
, whose previous credentials, for example with Paul Revere & the Raiders ("kicks...seem harder to find"), seem unlikely precedents, sticks to Al Jarreau like flypaper throughout this album, right to the fade of the jam version of the closing track "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay", catching nuances of vocal inflections and twists of tongue, punctuating vocal phrasing without resorting to vaudeville.
The first time I heard Correro
on All Fly Home, I was convinced it was Steve Gadd, who was the drumming idol of the era; but there was something else happening, a delightfully looser approach, similarly anchored by a smacking, tamped down kick and a dry, not too slack snare, but distinct owing to tautly-tensioned, almost jazzy toms.
Even the dramatic floor tom fill on "Brite 'N' Sunny Babe" is a stunning example of psycho-acoustics in that you hear the drum fat and round on 4, then realize that Correro's
got the thing (I'm guessing a 16×16 with white coated heads; the guy hasn't returned my emails) tensioned up high nearing be-bop range.
Nor will you resort to your default Afro-Cuban 6/8 after you've heard how Correro
rides nimbly on "Fly".
Then we get to Correro's
ability to tip a washy ride, open and close it in degrees.
I mean, he's
got jam on both feet (to trot out my favorite ancient Scottish phrase): he's
ridiculously technical, obscenely musical, and he
gets to play excellent material.
Honestly, I hate to paint this album in boxcar letters but I figure I've earned the right, having done my time-three decades-in silence.
If I get hit by a bus tonight, I want you to know about a superb album that's been lost in transit.
Would somebody out there kindly explain why Joe Correro
is not credited on the Al Jarreau youtube live performance of "Take Five" circa 1976?.
I mean, it must be Joe Correro
playing this groove.
, call home.