Monday, November 12, 2012

The Monday Morning Paradiddle

Things are really on the go for me these days but I'm still trying to blog as often as possible. I'm just humbled that people are still interested in what I have to say these days! Here's a few interesting things making the rounds this week over here at Four on the Floor: 

-I didn't make it to PASIC 2012 in Austin, Texas this year but from all reports it was stellar (as usual!) Here is the legendary Steve Gadd with percussionist Pedrito Martinez:

Dig how Gadd's famous grooves and feel fits seamlessly with Martinez' Rhumba patterns on the Bata drums and vocals.

-Here's some fun up close footage of Matt Wilson with tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger on a tune called "Taurus People" originally made famous by Elvin Jones from his "Live at the Lighthouse" sessions from the early 70s:

-When Kim Thompson isn't on the road with Beyonce she frequently shares the stage with guitarist Mike Stern. Here she is in a solo spot with Stern at the 55 Bar:

-Cuban-born drummer Francisco Mela has been one of my favorite contemporary young lions these days. Here he is from a performance at New York's Blue Note Jazz club:

-What am I listening to these days?

Jim Hall - "Live!" Terry Clarke (drums)

Pat Metheny - "Trio Live" Bill Stewart (drums)

Joe LaBarbera Quintet - "Silver Streams" Joe LaBarbera (drums)

Christian McBride Big Band - "The Good Feeling" Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums)

Chet Baker - "Chet Baker in New York" Philly Joe Jones (drums)

Brandi Disterheft - "Gratitude" Greg Hutchinson (drums)

Phineas Newborn Jr. - "Harlem Blues" Elvin Jones (drums)

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