Local 913, Episode 28: Joe Marini
In 2003, drummer Joe Marini proclaimed to his band that he would be releasing a solo album in 2004 that reflected his career. Fast forward, it might be eleven years late, but his new album Sympathy and Criticism, is just that: a collection of songs that acts as a retrospective of all the musical outfits he has drummed with. The album is diverse featuring genres like jazz, blues, rock and even the experimental. Playing professionally in the Pittsburgh area for 34 years, Marini explains why he chose to play the drums as opposed to any other instrument:
“Playing drums is a little more physical. There’s a little more therapy in it. I really love that ability to play drums and get certain aggressions out. I enjoy how dynamic it is. You have to concentrate on the louds and the softs, the battle between the two and making them both work to advance the music.”
A track very dear to Marini is one that features vocals from the late Pittsburgh Jazz singer, Maureen Budway. Joe got permission from Maureen’s brother, Dave Budway who insisted that it be included on the record. Also on the album, you hear Joe playing drums as well as singing lead vocals on a few originals mixed in with cover songs from acts like Steely Dan, Badfinger and Paul McCartney. Listen below to hear “Freight Train Shuffle” and find more on Joe Marini on his Facebook.