Chapter 1 FB: Welcome to ??? Berklee oral history project interviews. And with me today is Joe Hunt who is one of the estimable drummers on the Berklee faculty for over 30 years. One of my favorites in terms of elegance and continuity. Beautiful brush work. JH: Thank you thank you. FB: And we were just talking about the world of rock n roll. We might as well jump in ??? here Joe and pick up what we were talking about. JH: Well that'll be a good way to start because wehn the Beatles came her e around 64 1964 that's when I got out of the army in 1964 and immediately joined Stan Getz band. That's where I met Gary Burton in 1964. and the beatles had just arrived. And I remember on the train from California to Indiana. I saw a picture of the Beatles and I thought this is funny 'cause I had been away for 2 years out of the country so I'm looking in the paper the Beatles are coming, What kind of thing is this? You know. People named Beatles. I thought this is gonna blow over quick. FB: Funny hair styles, skinny ties. JH: Of course, we all know what happened to the social revolution. I was telling you earlier I secretly liked them when I heard their music but I didn't dare tell any of my friends because all of my contemporaries well not Gary at that pointbut most people were putting them down. Most of the musicians who were my age or older really didn't like rock. Anyways, so that's when I first met Gary, Gary Burton and we played in Stan Getz band. And the way that started is a little different, my version is a little different than Gary's version. So I don't want to cause trouble. FB: We haven't interviewed Gary yet. You get in first. JH: But my memory is I went to ??? East days after getting out of the army and auditioning on the stand. Jimmy ??? was playing guitar with him at the time.And his drummer al herwood Stan's drummer didn't want to travel. So, Stan was looking for a drummer. Chuck ??? was the bass player. Chuck set up my audition. So I got up on the bandstand at ??? East's and I just met Stan Getz and he counts off old God's children about like that. I had been practicing a lot. I had time to just beat on practice pads on the troop ship coming back. So I was kinda ready for it. So I hit bang like that. He hired me just like that. I stayed with h im for a year and a half. But anyway, Jimmy was leaving the group. Jimmy and Al. So he was needing a guitarist. So Chuck and in the meantime I had rehearsed with Gary. Chuck knew Gary and we had been doing some rehearsals with him in a rehearsal space and he was amazing of course, playing vibes and piano. HE's a great pianist. So we tried to talk Stan into hiring him, and Stan had no eyes for vibes. And so to Gary's credit, he's such a great piano player that he came to Stan's house and played piano for his audition and Stan hired him. FB: Wow. JH: On the basis of the piano playing. That's my memory. Well finally over time more and more gigs Gary played vibes until finally Stan got to liking the vibes. Of course Gary was with Stan at least 2 years or longer, but anyway I was replaced after a year and a half by Roy Haines. Not too shabby. So ...And then I got replaced by Bill Evans after a year by Billy Joe Jones. So these are my heroes that copped my gigs. But any rate that's how Gary and I met. We 've had a really good productive relationship ever since 1974. I was Gary's first drummer in his first group of his own with Larry Coriel and Eddie Gomez. And our first job was on Eddie's on the turnpike near the Boston area north of Boston around geez it's hard for me to remember around 1965 1966, '66 I think. It wasn't our first job, our first job was Cafe Go go in New York. I guess That was our first job and then our first job out of New York was here. WE were all New Yorkers then. Gary had an apartment on the west side, and he drove a motorcycle. He was kinda wild. And anyway he would drive down to the village to the gig on the motorcycle. And sometimes I'd hang on. FB: Wow. JH: Those were wonderful days exciting days. That's when we were beginning to fuse rock with jazz music. The straight eighth note feel. As you were commenting Fred on Steve Swallow's I can't think of the word for it FB: Integrated. JH: Integrated rock with the jazz, so smooth. And for me it was easy. I just follow Steve and Larry. Though I'm not a rocker I could kind of make it work.