Tony Allen, drummer, August 12, 1940–April 30, 2020
Today, remembering him, we revisit some old posts.
like nobody else
Tony Allen (drums), “Wolf Eats Wolf,” 2017
Perhaps the greatest drummer ever.
Tony Allen—three takes.
Recording studio, 2009
what you simply cannot do
Listen to this drummer without feeling lighter, livelier.
Tony Allen (drums, vocals) & Band, live, Luxembourg, 2011
Questlove (:10-) & Tony Allen (1:25-), live, Paris, 2011
What a contrast. Questlove, focusing on power and momentum, pushes the beat. Tony lies behind it, skips ahead, lies back again, favoring suppleness and elasticity.
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.