Sad news out of Toronto this week. Veteran Jazz drummer John Sumner has passed. John was one of the many great older generation of drummers I checked out when I got to T.O. Here he is playing in Mark Eisenman's band.
This rhythm section, Eisenman-piano, Steve Wallace- bass, and John Sumner on drums played together A LOT. That trio had a definite "thing" like no one else. That's what happens in this music when you log so many hours together with simpatico spirits. I was reminded upon Mr. Sumner's passing that we don't have that thing anymore ( at least in the live sense ) and my sadness about this was mitigated by the fact that I heard it in the first place. RIP John Sumner, and thank you for the music.
Friday, June 7, 2019
RIP John Sumner and "That Thing"
Posted by Ted Warren at 3:27 AM
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Condolences to his family, sorry to hear. God Bless R I PReplyDelete
Really he was greatReplyDelete
One of dearest men on the planet. A kind, empathetic, humble genius. God rest your soul, dear friend. My life is so much better for you having been in it.ReplyDelete