Jeff Ballard: Paid Dues
GC: Did you find it was hard to play with Brad after he used Jorge Rossy for so long?
JB: No, no, 'cause he asked me to play as me. Nah, it was like a glove, I just came right in. "Give me more of what you're doing." Okay, fine. He was really embracing. That was really greatreally great. Yeah, I mean I've played with Larry Grenadier for 25 years, more or less, so that's easy. I think when you get to a level where we're at, we can play with each other and the communication is really very good. Sometimes no, but I think more often than not the communication is really good. With Brad it was like a house for me, like a big couch, and it just worked well. I think one thing that makes it work well for us is that all three of us really dig the older music as well. In what we play, we play a ballad, we really play a ballad like an old-school ballad, in a certain sense. Like I'm playing four-on-the- floor on a ballad. It's a walking ballad, we try to play it like that, don't try to change it and make it new. The newness comes because we are young, or new in this sense, so it's going to be young. You don't need any extra work in that way. Swinging, we feel the same waywe're going to play an arrangement, drum and bass kind of thing. I think it still has old school to it as well. I think that's why slipping into that band was easy for me.