Episode 15 – Simon Allen

Rob gives a brief review of the new Frank Zappa documentary, and Seth and Rob critique recent webcast directing, and then Seth talks extensively about his festival work and various upcoming activities he has planned for his variety of events. Then they are joined by Simon Allen, drummer of The New Mastersounds. Simon first explains how the band evolved out of, and was inspired by the British DJ scene of the late 90s. Ultimately the trio discusses how TNMs broke the US market, how their approach had to change when they did so, learning and loving improvisation, tambourines, the balance between embellishing and leaving space, how the band members’ roles have changed on and off stage, how the band almost collapsed under financial pressures, slippery water, New Orleans JazzFest, Being influenced by – and then getting to play with The Meters and the contrast between the prevalence on on-stage collaborations in the US and the dearth of then in the UK. We also get Simon’s thoughts on the following musicians: Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff.