Writing for McCoy was great. You could be the saddest arranger in the world. . . you could write nothing, but when he plays it, it sounds great!
Bone2pick ventures outside of our brass box with an inspiring sit down with the czar of the drum throne, the incomparable Dennis Mackrel. One of the most respected and in-demand drummers anywhere in the world, Dennis generously shares his thoughts and memories on meeting Joe Williams for the first time as a student at UNLV, his long time association with the legendary Count Basie orchestra, his tenure with the inimitable Hank Jones, how he turned himself into a first class composer/arranger and his passion for jazz education. Enjoy this interview with one of the true class acts of the music business.