The key to Led Zeppelin is that somebody is always playing a counter point. You can hear that. ~Jimmy PageI know that Page was talking musically, but the phrase popped into my head as I began write a tribute to Charlie Watts who will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary in October.
Through all those years of temptation, one guy stays true and faithful. That's sort of a "counter point" isn't it?
I always thought Charlie Watts' rock drumming was deceptively simple. It wasn't hard to copy. His jazz drumming is another story. You can tell he's an old school drummer by the way he holds his sticks: traditional grip.
Here's Johnny Depp narrating Keith Richards' version of the time Charlie Watts slugged Mick Jagger. [skip to 3min 43sec for the violent part, but watch the whole thing for context]: