He's the most famous drummer that perhaps you've never heard of - oh but believe me, you have heard him. He's moved your heart, raised your pulse, and if you have listened to popular rock in the past four decades you've definitely tapped your toes to his steady beats.
He is Russ Kunkel: drummer, percussionist, composer, producer and friend of rock and roll royalty. Ever sing along to a James Taylor song? Good chance the beat belonged to Russ. The same holds true for countless hits from Joni MItchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Linda Rondstadt, Bill Withers, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, B.B, King, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, and that's just scratching the surface of his recording and touring credits.
When Russ first presented the amazing music on this album, under the working title "Songs I Know By Heart", I was astonished. It wasn't at all what I expected from a musician who plays with Clapton on one day and Streisand the next. How to define this music? It was almost Smooth Jazz. No, not Smooth Jazz - it is what Smooth Jazz has the potential to be if allowed to be free to cross-pollinate with the endless genres we all love: rock, soul, electronica, and jazz. This music's purity of intention to relax you, lift your soul, and take you away is hypnotically irresistable.
You know these timeless melodies, but you never could have imaged them like this. The songs on Chateau Beach are not instrumental covers, but fresh, original re-imaginations and interpretations from the man who was part of the team that first planted these melodic seeds in our consciousness.
He is Russ Kunkel. Now you know.
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