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Charlie Watts Says Transition to ABC and D of Boogie Woogie Not That Different

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While the Rolling Stones ponder their next move, drummer Charlie Watts is keeping busy with his other project, the ABC and D of Boogie Woogie. The group just issued a live record and while it is a change of pace, it’s not as different as what you might think.

Watts tells, “This is playing in a jazz group. There are two acoustic grand pianos so you can’t go too heavy over the top of them, and you have David [Green] is an acoustic bass player, so it’s a bit more swing. But it’s the same – you play the same thing, you play a backbeat or something. It’s just really that volumes are different.”

The drummer admits that it’s nice to return to smaller venues. He explains, “You can hear yourself. It’s very acoustic, a very natural thing … You’re supposed to be a professional musician, so you’re supposed to be able to play everywhere, but I always prefer a club or ballroom.”

Watts says that this is a fun project as he was asked to play by longtime friend Green, and doesn’t have to be responsible for everything. In fact, he likes being in the background. He says he’s not even a fan of doing drum solos. Watts reveals, “I can’t do them really. I get fed up halfway through attempting to do one, so I don’t really do it. But I love hearing other people doing them, certain other people. I’m more interested in drums as an accompaniment thing. I’ve always been like that. When I was young, a lot of the records when I was young I used to like were really more about the rhythm section than a drum solo.”

The ABC and D of Boogie Woogie’s ‘Live in Paris‘ is available now.

Watch Charlie Watts Perform with the ABC and D of Boogie Woogie

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