There's always been music in my life. From the time I could talk, I sang along with that big black Philco radio in the pantry. There were times as a kid I couldn't remember what I had for lunch; but I knew all the words to Ball of Confusion and Incense and Peppermints. If my mom didn't have the radio on, she was playing records. By the time I was 8, my older brother Terry was playing drums in what would become some of Rochester's hottest bands, and would go on to be a successful studio musician. Now in his 50's and living in central Florida, Terry still plays out a couple of nights a week


My younger brother Glenn also pursued the drum thing...and co-founded Uncle Sam; an Iggy Pop/Alice Cooperesque Glamour Thrash band that after conquering the East coast and releasing their first album, Heaven or Hollywood, ended up touring the UK only to disband by 1990.


I would probably have ended up playing drums myself, had I not heard the Yardbirds' Heart Full of Soul. That fuzzy, bleeding Jeff Beck guitar riff grabbed me by the short hairs, and I wanted to play guitar. Today, I have a pretty respectable home recording studio, a great collection of guitars (about 2 dozen of 'em), and I play every day. I'm still recording analog (to tape...and mastering down to a big old Grundig two track), but am looking at turning digital in the very near future; the possibilities are just too limitless with digital.

My older brother, Terry has been playing drums professionally for nearly 40 years.

 

Younger brother Glenn (second from left) was a founding member of the band "Uncle Sam"in the 1980s 

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To watch a couple of Uncle Sam Videos with Glenn Briskie on drums.

 

"Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not not love. Love is not not music. Music is the best" 

 -Frank Zappa (1940-1993)

Left: A portion of my guitar collection 

What I listen to varies from day to day. I've been influenced by so much music, from such diverse sources, that I can't play favorites.


I have my "A" list of course; Jeff Beck, Adrian Belew, Frank Zappa, Joe Strummer, Dr. John... but there are times that nothing but some Les Paul, or Reverend Horton Heat will do.


I have much more respect for innovation, in musicianship, composition and production than I do for technical virtuousity. I'm amazed when I listen to Steve Vai, Joe Satriani or Eddie Van Halen run the fretboard with unrivaled speed and fervor...but the emotion that Jeff Beck, B.B. King or Carlos Santana can evoke from a single note is what really blows me away. I'm also big percussion fan...can't get enough of it. That's what attracted me to bands like Bow Wow Wow and Adam and the Ants in the early 80s. It was that beat. Who can not start moving when they hear Bow Wow Wow's remake of the Strangelove's classic I Want Candy? I challenge anyone to stand still during The Dixie Cups Iko, Iko or the Belle Stars remake of that same song or The Clapping Song. Finally, I really admire production values and engineering. I think The Beach Boys Pet Sounds and Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery albums opened my eyes to what could be done at the control board. Good engineering and production can pick up any slack in terms of big sounds or a broad spectrum of musicians; as evidenced by bands like Yello and Art Of Noise. 

MARVIN GAYE 

What's Goin' On

HARRY NILSSON

Nilsson Schmilsson

THE CLASH

Sandanista

JOE STRUMMER

Rock Art & The X-Ray Style

THE ROLLING STONES

Sticky Fingers

JEFF BECK

Beck's Garage

DR. JOHN

Goin' Back to New Orleans

THE BEACH BOYS

Pet Sounds

TOM WAITS

Swordfish Trombone

LITTLE STEVEN & THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL

Men Without Women

GUITARISTS 

JEFF BECK 

Yardbirds/JBG/Solo 

ADRIAN BELEW

Zappa/King Crimson/Solo 

FRANK ZAPPA

Mothers of Invention/Solo

CORNELL DUPREE

The Kingpins/Stuff/Solo

LES PAUL

Solo/Innovator

DRUMMERS

TERRY BOZZIO

Zappa/Missing Persons/JB

BILL BRUFORD

King Crimson

DAVE BARBAROSSA

The Ants/Bow Wow Wow

VINNIE COLAIUTA

Zappa/JB/Misc

JIM GORDON

Derek & the Dominos/Session

BASSISTS

STANLEY CLARK

Return To Forever/Solo

JAMES HASLIP

Yellowjackets/Solo

TONY LEVIN

King Crimson/Session/Stick Men

CAROL KAYE

Session/Solo

KLAUS VOORMAN

Manfred Mann/Solo
 
 
 
 
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