Germany’s Gitarre & Bass recently conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about the connection between heavy metal and jazz, Trujillo said: “Tony Iommi [BLACK SABBATH] was really influenced by Barney Kessel, who was an incredible jazz guitarist, and loved jazz music. So the difference is, when you hear a BLACK SABBATH song and you hear chord voicing, it’s not just the generic bar chord; there’s actually flatted fifths and ninths. [Tony‘s] doing jazz voicings, but that flatted fifth is bringing that evil textures to it, and the distortion. And then you get the drummer, Bill Ward. Bill Ward, when you hear his beats, he’s not just playing a straight 4/4 beat; he’s doing almost a hip-hop beat. There’s a song called ‘Sweet Leaf’. The drum beat that he’s playing, he’s trying to kind of swing and funkify it. Now, is he doing a great job of it? Maybe not. Maybe. Yeah. I think what’s brilliant about it is the fact that these guys are trying to do something that they think they’re being jazzy, or bluesy, or whatever that is — Ozzy‘s [Osbourne] trying to sing with a blues influence — but what comes of it is magic. It’s different. That’s the ingredient; that’s what makes it special.”