Joe Farnsworth offers his thoughts on the great Billy Higgins and Art Taylor in what is quickly becoming an ongoing series.
Personally, I consider myself fortunate to have heard many Master drummers play over the years such as Mr. Higgins, Elvin, Tony, Max, Roy, etc. but of course not nearly as frequently as others, such as Farnsworth did. In my humble opinion it's very important to seek out the observations of those devoted musicians who did have the opportunity to witness the Masters in action and interact with them on an on-going basis. For those of us who missed out...they are the link.
Check it out:
And here's the link to Episode Two in which he speaks at great length about his relationship with the great Art Taylor (*sorry folks, the embedding code doesn't seem to work for this one!)
And finally here is Joe's birthday tribute to the late Harold Mabern Jr. who would have celebrated his 84th birthday this March
(*in particular check out the great drums/saxophone duet between between Joe Farnsworth and Vincent Herring on Mabern's signature burner "The Beehive"!):