Easy Money by Billy Joel features the great Liberty Devito on drums. Liberty Devito is a drummer that every drummer should study. Liberty has a rock solid time feel, plays exactly what the song needs, and is incredibly versatile; Billy Joel’s songs run through Rock, Pop, Funk, Motown, Jazz, Bossa Nova etc. Liberty played on almost all of them.
Easy Money is an album track from the Innocent Man album that is great fun to play. The verses move from a 4 on the snare Motown groove to a more regular 2 & 4 back beat groove. The chorus features a 2 bar syncopated pattern while the bridge has a half time feel. That’s a lot of grooves to nail down in one song!
Check out the score & have fun playing it!