John JR Robinson

John JR Robinson has been playing drums for many years now. He can also play piano. John became one of Los Angeles's most in demand drummer's around 1978 as he had just played drums on Michael Jacksons superb album called Off The Wall.

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He had been involved playing drums for Steve Winwoods smash hit called Higher Love and played drums for Chaka Khan's great record called Ain't Nobody. More recently John played drums on the Daft Punk hit album called Random Access Memories. He is also the first call drummer for top producers Quincy Jones and David Foster. John has held down the drumming gig for Barbra Striesand since 1993. John travels the world with Barbra Striesand and he says the most challenging part of his job is driving the 65 piece orchestra each night in a new city. He also says that we travel with 20 players and we have to rehearse a new orchestra in every city.

John who is called JR by his close friends is such a great drummer. He said that when he was recording Michael Jackson's Off The Wall album he had the main song writer Rod Temperton and the producer Quincy Jones were both in the drum room when he was recording the song off the album caled Rock With You. They suggested that it would be great if you could play a drum fill that would stand the test of time. Something that would sound great whenever you heard the song. John said I had both Quincy and Rod standing behind me. I recorded 10 drum fills and the one on the record is the one that was chosen by both guy's. I am sure that you will agree with me that the drum fill at the start of Rock With You is sublime. If you would like to know more information on this superb drummer then please go to Hope you have enjoyed reading this piece on one of the worlds best drummers.