Certainly having Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts on stage created a absolute security on time and swing. He dominated that economical but forceful style that was the hallmark of the British band’s music.
Charlie Watts’ penetrating kick drummed the Rolling Stones into tempo and his hit on the snare, with an almost imperceptible off beat, became an original, unique form of accompaniment, with the signature of this serene, elegant and stylish musician. a distinctive professionalism.
Their solid time and that way of interweaving rhythmic patterns managed to build a groove that only the Stones had. Watts played effortlessly, with an oscillating and very musical style. His less is more approach is distinctive.
Standard bearer of good taste. Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones. Reuters Photo / Ethan Miller
The battery, in the center
The history of the Rolling Stones marked a major change on stage; from album Tatto You (1981), the battery stood in an obvious center of gravitation. The eternal four egg-colored Gretsch drums (perhaps as a tribute to Tony Williams) took absolute control as Keith Richards and Ron Wood broke free from the slavery of rhythm and thus, Watts’ bass drum became the heartbeat of the world’s biggest rock band.
Keith Richards and Ron Wood agree that he is the driving force behind the group and on stage it is Watts who leads the band despite what the singer may think. A leadership that led with dignity to all tests. “I can play what I want, but I would never do something that I do not consider correct; I play in a band ”, Watts used to say so insistently because of his lack of drum solos in the Stones’ music,
He knew how to explain his style: “I was raised on the theory that I am an escort. I don’t like drum solosAlthough I do admire some musicians who do them, but in general I prefer the drummers who play with the band. The challenge in rock is the regularity of the beat and that what you play is danceable, “Watts, one of the few drummers who have maintained his four-drum set throughout his career, said in an interview.
Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones. AP Photo / Michael Conroy, File)
His love of jazz
After 60 years playing blues and rock he still felt close to jazz, who also enjoyed playing, although with a style consistent with his way of understanding the instrument, nothing invasive and with that security that only the trade gives.
In 2006, Watts was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame. Two definitions that describe him, beyond being an authentic Stone, as a simple, genuine artist: “I always wanted to be a drummer and I was very lucky”.