Joe Chambers has been one of great drummers to come out of the sixties: the "Post-Bop" period. Joe has contributed to the scene not only as a drummer, but also as a multi-instrumentalist who can handle mallet instruments, a pianist and a composer as well. Joe Chambers can lay claim to a place alongside such innovative artists as Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson. Chambers' intense drumming, a trademark blend of cymbal-driven forward motion, deep rhythmic continuity, and explosive creativity, graced many landmark albums which fostered one of the most fertile eras in recent jazz memory. Chambers' credits include Hubbard's Breaking Point, Hutcherson's Components, Shorter's Schizophrenia and Etcetra, Hill's Compulsion, and Tyner's Tender Moments, as well as Archie Shepp's New Thing at Newport, Charles Mingus' Like a Bird, and Chick Corea's Tones for Joan's Bones and many others.
A conservatory trained musician, Chambers' compositions have been covered by Hutcherson, Hubbard, and M'Boom. More recently, following a handful of fine solo recordings, Chambers scored soundtracks for several Spike Lee films, including Mo' Better Blues. Still, for all his accomplishments, Joe Chambers is a very humble, almost self-deprecating musician. For all the profound music of which he's played a role, Chambers views his legacy as a day in the life. "When we were making those records we weren't thinking about making history, we were just doing it at the time. You have to realize, I was engrossed in all the subplots of the '60s. In those days it was a different mind set. It was tied to the anti-establishment, anti-war peace and love thing. I was hooked up with that. We didn't talk about peace and love, but we were definitely spaced out. We were making the music."
In his Savant debut "The Outlaw", Chambers offers a release that showcases his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Playing not only drums, but piano, vibes, marimba, synthesizer and writing all the arrangements and composing three of the tunes himself, Chambers The Outlaw manages to look to the past while, at the same time, keeping a solid eye on the future. While Joe has his attention on other instruments he has asked the fabulous percussionist Bobby Sanabria to take over those duties. Sanabria displays no small amount of his own versatility here, playing Brazilian, African and all sorts of exotic percussion instruments.
JOE CHAMBERS, Internationally known Jazz Percussionist, Composer and Educator, is the first Thomas S. Kenan "Distinguished Professor of Jazz" in the Department of Music at UNCW.
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