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Terry Bozzio


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Terry Bozzio is a solo drum artist who rose to fame initially as the drummer for the early 80’s new-wave group Missing Persons. Terry was married to Dale Bozzio who was the lead singer of Missing Persons. (Actually, Missing Persons was after his run with Frank Zappa).

Terry gained further notoriety as a drummer after working with Frank Zappa (who composed the famous “Black Page” drum solo specifically for Terry). Through the years Terry has worked with multitudes of other well known jazz and progressive musicians. His recording with the Brecker Brothers “Heavy Metal Be-Bop” is a classic. Jeff Beck featured Terry on his “Guitar Shop” album which is an essential for fans of both Beck and Bozzio. Terry’s playing has grown increasingly experimental through the years and he has a large collection of solo drum recordings which feature his trademark ostinato drum solos.

Other highly recommended musical recordings of Bozzio include any of his work with The Lonely Bears, Polytown or Bozzio, Levin, Stevens. These recordings are instrumental works that are quite progressive and explore many different musical flavors. Bozzio has frequently cited Igor Stravinsky as a key inspiration for much of his melodic playing style.

An interesting note to students of both the drum kit and Bozzio is that at some point in the early 90’s Bozzio ceased using a “ride” cymbal in his extensive cymbal collection. As most drummers know a ride cymbal is a highly “standard” cymbal to have in one’s set up and considered essential by drummers of almost all genres.


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  • PHmaniac


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  • Koxo4

    The Best of the Best. Yeah! :)

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • AlexboyCO

    One of the world greatest musicians alive!

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • longpoke

    yyz is morse code

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Dr3wniak

    this dude is totally insane

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • what_goes_up

    agreed. music without melody is morse code. a chimpanzee could be trained to replicate players whose philosophy is (albeit misapplied, in my opinion), "play for the song, not for the solo..." I try. cheers. : )

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Nochek


    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • rafiel67

    I had the privelage to see and hear mr.Terry Bozzio at a drum clinic. He opened my eyes to drumming. I learned it's not about just the beat. make music with your drums.

    7 May 2008 Reply

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