Jazz drummers, in general, are philosophers when contrasted
with the dumb jock model often attributed to boomer era fossil
rock. Mr. Gray is a thinking drummer with an expansive
kindliness about him that shifts to striking capacities of
concentration when he engages his kit.
One commonality I find with this run of drummers is their
embrace of flow. Outside now a fat offshore slop front is busy
soaking Boston and all the sounds of rain, downpour, focused
splashing below the bad roof gutter, car tires mildly
hydroplaning on Hampshire street and a syncopation of
drippings adds up to some counterpart of flow drumming.
Luther also has water cascades, whitewater rapids and quiet
frog splashes in vernal pools worked into the repertoire.
Faucet splashes from urban sinks, a slow dripping leak and a
morning shower are in there too as well as the various rounds
of waves at oceanic edges...flow.
1.What brought you to music?
"When I was a kid my folks had a big furniture cabinet with the
record player inside and the speakers built into the corners
and a horrible record collection