Verbal impressions by Tito Sin Verguenza



" must flow - be like water..."

--Bruce Lee, from the Tao of Jeet-Kune-Do

Like water? OK, let's try a tsunami, or how about a 200-foot tidal wave of rhythm? That's Recardo Beamon. Power,'s almost like the music the band is creating flows right through him, and from him...changing shape constantly, a living, pliant Mr. Lee said.

For more than 24 years Rick's been doing this. He started out with Brainstorm in the 70's. (Which was also the starting spot for another of Detroit's great musicians, Regina Carter). Since then he's worked with The Dramatics, The Contours, Alyson Williams, Son's, One Up Republic, Quarter To Midnight, Lisa Cunningham and 7th Heaven, Brass Groove, Thornetta Davis and the Chisel Brothers, The Groove Junkies, and now Jazzhead. He even finds time to do periodoc gigs on Carribean cruise ships (nice job, dude, especially in January) He told me that when he practices, he has all the workers on the boat dancing on the gangplanks..

Not unlike here. At a recent Jazzhead gig at Centre Street Pub, he had people dancing their brains out. No boat attached.

That's because his pocket is so STRONG. No matter waht he's playing, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Rock, you name it. His influences are numerous: Vinnie Caliuta, Harvey Mason, Jeff Pocaro, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, and the late Tony Williams.

Rick brings all that to the fore on a hit. Being in an audience and listening to him play is definitely one of those musical privileges that an audience rarely encounters. You leave, and all you can do is shake your head, and say "DAMN, that was bad!"


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