Ed Shaughnessy Launches ‘Energy Force’ Big Band

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SKF NOTE: An pre-internet example of how drummers kept up with news of our favorite players. This December 19, 1974 Down Beat magazine release about Ed Shaughnessy‘s “new 17-piece ensemble” Energy Force has a photo of Mr. Shaughnessy worth studying. Pearl was a new drum company at the time. Seeing Ed’s drumset — the two different size bass drums, the position and tilt of his four rack toms, his cymbal choice and placement — pure gold for drummers.

I never heard Energy Force. Neither can I find any evidence the band ever cut an album. “We’ll play concerts, clinics, and clubs…,” Shaugnessy says in his press release, which also tells us Shaughnessy plays “acoustic and electronic drums.”

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