Lenny White

214 – Lenny White: A founding father of Jazz Fusion

With a resume like Lenny White’s it’s hard to know where to start when talking about his accomplishments. Although he is well known for being a member of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Lenny played on Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and has performed/recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, Stanley Clarke and Stan Getz. Lenny has also released 15 records as a leader and is widely considered one of the founding fathers of Jazz Fusion.

“It’s so essential to surround yourself with individuals who are ALREADY where you want to be. Iron Sharpens Iron.”

Lenny White talks about:

  • How he got started playing
  • Playing professionally at a young age
  • Stories from Chick Corea and Miles Davis
  • Bitches Brew
  • Much more

Resources / Links / People Mentioned:

Lenny White Plays:

  • Remo Drumheads
  • Vic Frith Drumsticks
  • Gretsch Drums
  • Istanbul Agop Cymbals

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4 replies
  1. Jasmin Bataille
    Jasmin Bataille says:

    Great podcast Nick! Really enjoyed it. Lenny is the man.
    I just wanna mention something about the music industry right now…
    The entertainment industry really is much weaker than we think. Proofs are , the last MTV awards were a failure (with less viewers than the final of a bakery contest thing a week before); the big labels get all their eggs in the same basket :
    the 10 biggest artists in the world are holding 15% of all the music indistry’s profit;
    The overproduced-glamourous-manufuctured type of song is getting out of fashion. Beyoncé just got a really politically abrasive album out telling the story of afro-americans since the slaves and all they’ve been going through; the last David Bowie’s album was recorder with some of the best jazzmen from NY, including Mark Guiliana. Kendrick Lamar also work with some great musicians, AND he’s politically involved as well… Also, I bet Prince’s death had to do with Beyoncé releasing her last album shortly after it.

    And, there never been so many bands! I mean… you look over the internet, YT and social
    medias, and all you see are new bands all over the place!
    I think the indie part of the music industry is taking over the big labels. Now…
    It’s about releasing multimedia content to your fans in clever ways, as you know.
    Jacob Collier, Pomplamoose, Snarky Puppy, Walk Off This Earth, etc so many great bands are figuring how to use YT and social media as either a way to propel their success or use those tools as their main sharing platforms to make a living.
    Patreon.com allow online content creators to get financially supported by their fans so they can get a more or less regular income and give rewards to their “patrons” in return, much like a continuous social fundraising platform.

    I’m sure you know all of this just a reminder than I definitely believe – and that’s backeo up some of the most influential artists in the world – that the future of music industry, in fact that the music industry will very soon not be about labels.
    So many great labels live-off the same manufactured song delivered by a commitee of songwriters, or classical music catalogs.
    Really, without classical music catalogs I’d say bye bye to Columbia and Capitol and most big names…

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      I think the labels still have their place but there are definitely different ways to promote yourself and make a career without going through the gatekeepers. I was having a chat with Steve Rennie (Epic Records) the other day and he made a good point that if you want to break a band around the world you need radio, promotion, touring, etc. Labels already have that infrastructure in place so it’s appealing to work with them rather than trying to figure all of that out, in every single market, on your own.

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