Carlos Vega… musical hero of mine

Vega was a master of control. To this day, he continues to be the master of interpreting drums to music and melody. His death in 1998 affected me deeply.

I found Carlos Vega back in the mid 90’s, on a James Taylor album called Never Die Young. his playing was so strong and confidant. He seemed to interpret Taylors’ music so well. I remember listening to the track ‘1st Of May’ and thinking that the percussion solo was so ‘laid back’… it almost went to sleep. From that moment on, I searched for everything that Vega did. It wasn’t hard because what ever Porcaro, Kunkel or Marotta didn’t do…Vega was there… and matched it.

Carlos Vega 03The video is of ┬áhim playing a drum solo with a veritable line up of who’s who in the 80’s. Dave Grusin on Keys, Larry Williams on 2nd keys, Abe Laboriel bass and Lee Ritenour on guitar. Nothing fast here… just control.

Vega was a master of control. He remains to me this day the master of interpreting drums to music and melody. His death in 1998 affected me deeply.