CURT BISQUERA


 

CURT BISQUERA

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: January 3
Location: Santa Maria, California
Band: Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, Ricky Martin, Tom Petty, Celine Dion, Nelly Furtado, Paula Abdul, Delbert McClinton, Carl Perkins
Genres: Rock, Pop, Jazz
Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass
Occupation: Musician
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Biography

 
 
Curt Bisquera began playing drums when he was only three. By the time he was five, Curt Bisquera owned his very own kit. Curt Bisquera's mother and uncle were jazz pianists. So, Bisquera started playing gigs with them. It all took off from there.

Curt Bisquera had no formal training until he attended the Percussion Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute. Because he was self-taught, Curt Bisquera placed special emphasis on learning how to read music while he attended the school. Curt Bisquera now counts the ability to read music as one of the most important skills he has ever obtained as a drummer.

While at PIT, Curt Bisquera studied under Joe Porcaro and met Jeff Porcaro through him. Curt and Jeff became fast friends. Curt Bisquera graduated early from PIT, so that he could take a gig drumming for The Time. Eventually, Curt Bisquera got a call from Porcaro who offered him a shot to play on a Boz Scaggs record.

Curt Bisquera's considers his breakout year to be 1991, the year he played on Bonnie Raitt's song "Something to Talk About," as well as Seal’s first album. In the course of his career, Curt Bisquera has become a "first-call" session drummer for albums, film scores, television scores, and even live tours.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1988 Holy Cow Martini Ranch
1991 Luck of the Draw Bonnie Raitt
1991 Seal Seal
1991 Spellbound Paula Abdul
1991 Worth Waiting For Jeff Lorber
1992 Indianism The Indians
1992 Expose Expose
1992 Never Been Rocked Enough Delbert McClinton
1992 That What Is Metal Public Image Limited
1992 That What Is Not Public Image Limited
1993 Duets Elton John
1993 Terence Trent D'Arby 's Symphony or Damn (Exploring The Tension Inside The Sweetness) Terence Trent D'Arby
1993 What's Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
1993 Rob & Fab Rob & Fab
1993 Lucky Man Dave Koz
1993 The Truth Aaron Hall
1993 Wandering Spirit Mick Jagger
1994 Human Cradle Melanie Williams
1994 Nathan Nathan Cavaleri Band
1994 Rhythm Country and Blues Various
1994 The Divine Comedy Milla
1994 Eddi Reader Eddi Reader
1994 Corrina Corrina Original Soundtrack Soundtrack
1994 Reality Bites Soundtrack Soundtrack
1994 Reflections Peter White
1994 Life Is Good Billy Joe Walker, Jr.
1994 Mirando Hacia El Sur Luis Angel
1994 Slow Revival Bryan Duncan
1995 Falling Into You Celine Dion
1995 Boyz of Paradise Boyz of Paradise
1995 Naked and Sacred Chynna Phillips
1995 Lake Placid Blues Tony Joe White
1995 Sola Sola
1995 Beyond December First Call
1995 Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Various
1996 Free For Real
1996 She's The One Soundtrack Tom Petty
1996 Unchained Johnny Cash
1996 Forever's A Long, Long Time Orquestra Was
1996 Music From the Motion Picture "The Craft" Various
1996 Susanna Hoffs Susanna Hoffs
1996 Toutes Les Femmes Ont Un Secret Sylvie Vartan
1996 Go Cat Go Carl Perkins
1996 The Hypocrite Ryan Downe
1997 Gold Crystal Lewis
1997 Feel Good David Polk
1997 Book of Spells The Boneshakers
1997 Shelter Warren Hill
1997 Loveland John Sykes
1997 Breed Lauren Christy
1997 More Best of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen
1997 Annabelle's Wish Soundtrack Soundtrack
1997 Strangers Almanac Whiskeytown
1997 Field Recordings Neal Casal
1998 One Night Only Elton John
1998 Aqui Julieta Venegas
1998 Beyond Pink Barbie
1998 One Heart One Love Phil Perry
1998 Dakota Moon Dakota Moon
1998 Don't Stop Now Patsy Meyer
1998 Brenda Doumani Brenda Doumani
1998 Vuelve Ricky Martin
1998 Bercy 98 Michel Sardou
1998 Indestructible Veronique Sanson
1998 Qu'Est-Ce Que J'Aurais Fait Moi? Michel Sardou
1998 CPR CPR
1998 Christmas at Home Donny Osmond
1998 Naked Without You Taylor Dayne
1998 Sensible Sylvie Vartan
1998 Chapter One John Sykes
1998 Life Thru Rose Colored Glasses Warren Hill
1998 Birmingham Road Jeff Black
1998 Siempre Te Amare Lorenzo Antonio
1998 Speak of the Devil Chris Isaak
1999 Fuse Joe Henry
1999 Fade Into Light Boz Scaggs
1999 Azul Alan
1999 Addictions Substance D
1999 Sly Fi Dave Stewart
1999 Exotica: World Music Divas Various
1999 Morning Becomes Eclectic: Selected On-Air Performances Various
2000 Timmy and The Lords of the Underworld Timmy and The Lords of the Underworld
2000 Entre Tu Y Mil Mares Laura Pausini
2000 Love Life Warren Hill
2000 Teddy Thompson Teddy Thompson
2000 Whoa, Nelly! Nelly Furtado
2000 Bueninvento Julieta Venegas
2000 Key of a Minor Jessica Riddle
2000 The Road to El Dorado Soundtrack Elton John
2000 Coyote Ugly Soundtrack Soundtrack
2000 Smooth Jazz Various
2000 Heart of a Champion Carman
2000 Sound Loaded Ricky Martin
2001 Josh Groban Josh Groban
2001 The Best Of Laura Pausini - Volvere Junto a Ti Laura Pausini
2001 Legally Blond Soundtrack Soundtrack
2001 Me and My Piano Krystal
2001 7 Years of Plenty Louchie Lou
2001 The I-10 Chronicles, Vol.2: One More For the Road Various
2002 Conjure One Conjure One
2002 Love Songs Warren Hill
2002 Before the Beginning Aja Daashuur
2002 Together Lulu
2002 Propeller Peter Stuart
2003 From the Inside Laura Pausini
2003 Bisquera Brothers Bisquera Brothers
2003 Nuclear Cowboy John Sykes
2003 Tigermouth Kelli Ali
2003 Parc des Princes 2003 Johnny Hallyday
2003 Reason Mel C
2003 BOUND Heather Sullivan
2004 Slipping-Down Life Soundtrack Guy Pearce
2004 Just for You Lionel Ritchie
2004 Tripped Into Divine Dexter Freebish
2004 Greatest Hits Lulu
2004 The Bourne Supremacy Score John Powell
2005 Black Music Chocolate Genius
2005 Consciousness Mindfulness Beauty Curt Bisquera
2005 Robots Original Score John Powell
2005 Naked...and Finally Free Andy Fraser
2006 Siren Breanna Lynn
2006 Taylor Hicks Taylor Hicks
2007 Smooth Jazz Cafe 9 Various
2007 Don't Get No Better Lamb & Meyer
2007 Bitter Suite Amy LaCour
2008 Satisfied Taylor Dayne
2008 Just a Little Lovin' Shelby Lynne
2008 Boo! Was (Not Was)
2008 Start From Here Joanna Wang
2008 Quando Saro Capace d'Amare Ron
2008 Primavera Anticipada Laura Pausini
2008 My Love: Essential Collection Celine Dion
2008 Love the Woman Chante Jones
2008 Indigo Red (Irma) Amana Melome
2008 Il Diaro di Lola Lola Ponce
2008 I'm With You/Never Been Rocked Enough Delbert McClinton
2008 I Came Around Amie Miriello
2008 Evolver John Legend
2008 A Night to Remember Johnny Mathis
2009 The Collection: Let's Talk About Love/Falling into You/A New Day Has Come Celine Dion
2009 Pick of the Litter 1980-2010 Was (Not Was)
2010 What's Love Got To Do With It?/Foreign Affair Tina Turner
2010 Seal/Seal II/Soul Seal
2010 Duet Ronan Keating
2010 Despicable Me (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
2010 A Thousand Different Ways/Measure of a Man Clay Aiken
2011 Matthew Morrison Matthew Morrison
2012 That's Why God Made the Radio Shelby Lynne
2012 Hayley Sings Rachel Macfarlane
2012 Fires Ronan Keating
2012 Bang Bang Boom Boom Beth Hart
2013 Now & Then: Slipstream + Opus Bonnie Raitt
2013 Man of Steel (Oriinal Motion Picture Soundtrack) Hans Zimmer
2013 Made In California The Beach Boys
2013 Despicable Me 2 (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Pharrel Williams
2013 All That Echoes Josh Groban
2013 20: The Greatest Hits/Grandes Exitos Laura Pausini
 

Noise

 
 
  • "I love bands, and I'd love to be in a band, but then it's one style. There was just something attractive about being a guy who could come in and play anything at any given time with anyone." -Curt Bisquera
  • He enjoys skateboarding.
  • He models his hitting technique after a punching method he learned from a Bruce Lee book. Curt keeps relaxed during the swing and tightens his grip just before impact.
  • He appeared as the drummer of The B.C. 52s in the Flinstones Movie.
  • His nickname is "Kirkee B."
  • Curt is in a band with his cousin, Leon Bisquera. Oddly enough, the band is called Bisquera Brothers.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums

 
Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Slug Percussion, SKB Cases
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Audio Technica Microphones
Percussion:  
Sticks: Regal Tip
 
 

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