Jeff “Tain” Watts
What is the secret sauce of swing? It’s hard to put into words. Fortunately, the wildly swinging drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts will share eight brilliant discs that illuminate the mystery and edify our souls. Ted Panken hosts as Watts opens the record vaults to reveal the music he can’t live without.
At 57, Jeff “Tain” Watts is perhaps the most influential hardcore jazz drummer of his generation for having developed, as his frequent employer Michael Brecker once said, “a new language on the drums” in propelling the bands of—to name a short list—high Q-score leaders like Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Danilo Perez and Brecker during the 1980s and 1990s. Funky and cerebral in equal measure, Watts, who has transitioned from celebrity sideman into a leader with a clear and stirring vision, continues to occupy the highest strata of the drum pyramid.