That record "White Heat" was such a mind blower - I remember when it first came out turning everyone I knew onto it around Kansas City - and then when I found out how young you were, that totally blew my mind - and inspired me. About a year after it came out, Lew Tabackin came to kc to play with Doc Severinsen and I was playing in the band opposite them and I remember taking that side up to Lew for him to sign and he told me all about the session and stuff which was really cool.
(Pat's quote is in reference to Terry's drumming on the Barry Miles album, WHITE HEAT, released in 1971 when Terry was 14 years old. Personnel on the album includes Barry Miles-keyboards/composer, Pat Martino & John Abercrombie-guitars, Lew Tabackin-sax and flute, Victor Gaskin-bass, Warren Smith-percussion, Terry Silverlight-drums)
To pull off a significant change in music, one must first be naturally gifted. BARRY MILES is. One must be well trained. He is, and finally, one must have a personal discipline so severe that the shape of things to come is never corrupted by the creator's vanity or impulse to show off. This BARRY MILES has, I think, at the level of genius.
(Stereo Review, 1969)
Words from TERRY SILVERLIGHT
The above Rex Reed quote was written in reference to Barry Miles's album, BARRY MILES, recorded in 1969, released in 1970 (Barry plays electric keyboards on this album, one of the first appearances of that instrument in a jazz ensemble). The liner notes to the album refer to the word "Syncretic" (The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms), a philosophical term Barry applied to music before the term "Fusion Music" existed. In 1966, Barry released the album BARRY MILES Presents His New SYNCRETIC COMPOSITIONS which showcases this concept he had been developing. It was a natural progression that led him to the creation of this new music, coming upon it as aleader and pioneer, not a follower. After Barry had established himself as an active figure in the jazz community featured on major TV shows and live performances as far back as 1956, and on his 1961 debut solo artist album MILES OF GENIUS, I had the opportunity to join him as the drummer on the WHITE HEAT album in 1971. That release combined all of his past efforts and set the stage for the"fusion" music that followed.
Drummer Terry Silverlight was playing fusion before the term even existed.
TERRY SILVERLIGHT WAS PLAYING AT THE LEVEL OF TONY WILLIAMS AT THE AGE OF 14 YEARS OLD. HE WAS AN ABSOLUTE PRODIGY WHO I HAD THE PLEASURE OF PLAYING WITH IN BARRY MILES'S GROUP BACK IN 1973.
MY FIRST MEETING WITH TERRY SILVERLIGHT TOOK PLACE IN THE EARLY '70'S WITH HIS BROTHER BARRY MILES. THE RECORDING THAT I WAS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN WAS CALLED "WHITE HEAT". TERRY WAS IN HIS EARLY TEENS, AND NO LESS THAN A CHILD PRODIGY. BELIEVE ME, AT THAT TIME I WAS IN SOME WAYS SPOILED THROUGH ACTIVE SESSIONS WITH DRUMMERS LIKE CHARLIE PERSIP, BILLY HART, JOE DUKES, BILLY HIGGINS, AND OTHERS. IMMEDIATELY, ... TERRY SILVERLIGHT FLOORED ME, AND HE STILL DOES!
ALTHOUGH YOU'RE ONLY 14 YEARS OLD, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU REALLY ENJOY PLAYING THE DRUMS.
(great drummer's comment upon entering the studio control room during the playback of the "White Heat" album recording session in 1971)
I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO YOUR CLASSIC RECORDING, "WHITE HEAT", AND REALIZING HOW IMPORTANT THAT GROUP WAS AND THOSE SESSIONS WERE. YOU WERE ALL PLAYING ON A VERY HIGH LEVEL EVEN ALL THOSE YEARS AGO, GOING FOR IT AND INFLUENCING A LOT OF US. YOU ARE STILL ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF CONTEMPORARY JAZZ AND CONTINUE TO BE A CREATIVE FORCE BOTH WITH YOUR DRUMMING AND COMPOSING. IT'S ALWAYS GREAT PLAYING WITH YOU. THANK YOU!
Mark Egan (original bassist for Pat Metheny Group and many other top credits)
I'VE BEEN A FAN OF TERRY SILVERLIGHT'S FOR YEARS, STARTING WAY BACK WHEN PAT METHENY AND I HEARD HIM ON BARRY MILES'S "WHITE HEAT" ALBUM IN THE 70'S-WHEN HE WAS 14 YEARS OLD!
Danny Gottlieb (original drummer for Pat Metheny Group)
Terry Silverlight and Barry Miles are two of the original pioneers of jazz fusion, and it was my great privilege to play and record with them during that exciting time.
John Abercrombie (guitarist)
Describe Terry? Two words. Total Musician. HE IS one of the founders of Fusion, and before "White Heat" came out, there was no other music like it on the planet. It blew the top of my head off. To then find out Terry & his brother Barry miles were so young when they created it was even more mind blowing. His drumming pioneered a whole style of playing. I am so proud to have had him and Barry Miles play on my new CD, "Swinging Guitar Sounds Of Young America". Taste, chops, musicality.... Terry has it all.
Vinnie Zummo (former Joe Jackson guitarist)
The versatile studio session drummer, Terry Silverlight, is a pioneer from fusion's heyday.
YOU'RE BAD, MAN!
I KNOW THAT BILL EVANS GREW UP IN NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT BILL IS AN INDUCTEE ALONG WITH YOU AND YOUR BROTHER BARRY INTO THE NORTH PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME.
CONGRATS ON THAT. I FIRST SAW BARRY ON TV WHEN I WAS A KID GROWING UP IN THE BRONX. WHAT YEAR WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN? ...EARLY 60'S.
Eliot Zigmund (Drummer with pianist Bill Evans )
This book is direct and concise. Patterns that are easy to memorize and refer to at any time.
Terry Silverlight is a professional musician who deserves a lot of credit for expanding music education opportunity by sharing his craft skills in "The Featured Drummer." There is no better way to learn than through the practical professional experience of musicians like Terry.
Lee Eliot Berk
This book is a classic and a must for any serious drummer!
Terry's book is a must for today's drummer who has to deal with complex polyrhythmical phrases, grooves and playing over the bar. Totally informative.
Terry's book will help any drummer interested in developing ideas that cross over the barline and overall four-way coordination. The book is laid out in a logical step-by-step system and includes some killer demonstration tracks from Terry. I recommend it highly.
Joe La Barbera
Barry graduated from Princeton University, where he majored in music and led groups that gave concerts on weekends, drawing on a pool of musicians, many of whom have since become established names in the jazz world---among them, Jimmy Owens, Randy and Mike Brecker, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Eric Kloss, Woody Shaw, and Lew Soloff, who now plays trumpet in Blood, Sweat and Tears. Before Barry was 12, Woody Herman's manager heard him, put him on with the Herman band at a date in Linden, New Jersey, and Mr. Herman was so enthused he took Barry out on other dates with his band.
John S. Wilson/New York Times/April 30, 1972
Terry Silverlight began his career at the tender age of fourteen, in a band called Barry Miles and Silverlight. The group, which also launched the careers of jazz greats Al DiMeola, Pat Martino, Lew Tabackin, and John Abercrombie, was one of the first to explore fusion territory.
Modern Drummer Magazine/Paul Wertico
Terry Silverlight began his recording career at age 14as a session drummer for his brother, jazz-fusion keyboardist Barry Miles.
At the very dawn of the fusion era there was a band ledby Barry Miles with an amazing 14-year old prodigy on drums. That kid was Terry Silverlight, Barry's younger brother.
Terry Silverlight began his musical journey at the age of 14, playing drums for his brother Barry Miles on the critically acclaimed 1971 fusion album White Heat.
The versatile studio session drummer TERRY SILVERLIGHT is a pioneer from fusion's heyday
JazzTimes Magazine/Bill Milkowski
Terry Silverlight gained notoriety while recording with his keyboardist brother, Barry Miles, back in the '70s.
When he arrived on the Princeton campus in the fall of1975, jazz drummer Terry Silverlight '79 was astonishingly precocious, even by Princeton's standards. He had already recorded four albums and worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. "I'll never forget Terry's command of the drums at age 14," marvels guitar virtuoso Al DiMeola, who played regularly with Silverlight and his brother, pianist Barry Miles '69 in 1973. "He was an absolute prodigy. Can you imagine him now!"
The Daily Princetonian/October 3, 1975
It's an honor for me to have played with you and your brother. One of the best events of my life was playing with Al di Meola and auditioning for him and Barry. Barry was incredibly supportive and encouraging. I was just a kid. Both of you have been great influences on my musical and personal life.
--John Gentry Tennyson (pianist/composer)
Your work with Barry Miles, it was so beautiful. So creative. So fluid. "Buck Rogers" was and is magnificent. You should be mighty proud of that... Thanks for everything...
I saw a show on PBS around 1973 lead by Barry Miles with you, Al DiMeola, Eric Kloss and Gene Perla. It was a concert of high energy fusion music and it stuck with me all these years.
Years ago I remember a great pianist named Barry Miles. His younger brother was Terry Silverlight.
--David Benoit (pianist)
This is the greatest record I have ever heard. Barry Miles is a genius and one of the primary forces in the creation of fusion music. Others have been credited with the development of jazz such as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett. Barry Miles should be included in any literature along with all the others without hesitation. If he should ever be left out, it's the fault and limitations of the author/editor to blame. His brother Terry Silverlight, the genius drummer, should also be mentioned, as his performances are documented on all those wonderful recordings.
--Fred Praone-Toledo, OH
One night at a club in Jersey somewhere, your brother Barry brought you in and we had quite a jam session. You were probably 19 or younger. Your CDs sound great and I still listen to "White Heat".
-Bob Sabellico (guitarist)
Big fan of yours and brother Barry's since the early 70's!!
I'm a big fan; I still remember the original Silverlight album on London; and saw you guys @ 3 Sisters in West Paterson NJ
I used to play quite a few of the Barry Miles recordings in my Jazz-sets...
BIG inspiration for me 'til this day!!
Much Respect from Amsterdam.
--Casparaka DJ Cassie 6
I remember hearing you from the Sky Train record and later on the R&B (Change, BBQ Band) records. You're a great player. I know we'll meet down the line.
Keep Swingin' and All the Best to you this year.
--Tony Lewis (drummer)
Saw you at the Jazz Workshop in Boston w/ Barry Miles, Harvey S and Vic Juris...1974! great player.
--Jimmy Masters (bassist)
Always been a big fan since "White Heat" with Pat Martino. Turned my head around. I always hear great things about you to this day.
--Tom Gavornik (guitarist)
I used to watch you play with Barry Miles at Richard's Lounge, Lakewood, when you were still in high school. There was a whole group of us that went there to see you play
--Barbara Fonseca Eberle
I am a long time fan, and get this: also a fan of your brother as a drummer (dad gave me his album as a youngster.) And love him with Al Dimeola. Of course I love your playing style.
Barry and your contributions to the music have been impressive but not a suprise to me.
As a jazz buff formerly from NYC, I remember how awesome your drumming is. Also a fan big of Barry Miles.
I have a Barry Miles album from the late 70's with you on it. It was inspirational at the time. I probably wore the grooves in that album smooth. I still remember your playing from back then. Your talent stuck with me. It's good to see you're still stackin beats.
--Brent Williams (drummer)
I am a drummer and a big fan of yours. You did White Heat when you were only 14 and were only 15 and 16 on the other Barry Miles records. Geesh, no disrespect but you should be as famous as Tony Williams. You have brought a lot of joy to me over the years.
--Gerry Gibbs (drummer)
It's so good to see Terry come out with a few CDs. This is fun & groovin' music with some very muscular,but musical drumming. I used to listen to him way back in the 70s with his brother Barry Miles's band. This cat is a criminally under-recognized drummer! Tell your friends who can appreciate great drumming about Terry!!!
--Steve Rose (drummer)
Oh my God! Happy to see Terry in action for the first time. Fantastic drumming, after listening to many of his LPs over the years.
Great stuff---need full length videos of Terry Silverlight and Barry Miles.
So nice to hear that one of the most fluid and propulsive drummers I ever heard is going strong and better than ever. The thrill and shock value of my first listening to Scatbird has not diminished one bit since the early 70's. And Barry was one of the few players I ever heard who could make one of those old RMI pianos sound like it had some depth and character, which is not an easy thing to do.
Great stuff....I am a great fan of Barry Miles and Silverlight.
Great solo, Terry! I love it!
Please, post some Barry Miles &Silverlight videos as well if you have any. Or any Barry Miles solos (either solo or with group).