Monday, March 3, 2014
The Monday Morning Paradiddle
Welcome back everybody and welcome to March. I'm just returning from a very musically satisfying weekend of playing some very creative music with pianist/composer David Braid in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but, man, it was really cold...
Here's what's making the rounds over here at the sufficiently heated Four on the Floor office today:
- I've really been digging the on-line drum magazine The Drummer's Journal lately over at:
Check it out. And buy one of their hip t-shirts.
- This article on Elvin Jones courtesy of JazzTimes magazine has been making the rounds recently:
It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since Elvin left us...
- Thanks to Todd Bishop over at his blog Cruiseship Drummer where he provides some nice commentary and even some transcriptions of this groovy little guy, busking in Nigeria:
Find Todd's fine analysis over here:
- Francisco Mela is a Cuban-born Jazz drummer whom I'd admired for the last couple of years. His blending of modern straight-ahead Jazz influences with his Afro-Cuban rhythmic roots is quite unique.
Here he is taking a nice little solo:
- Drummer Daniel Glass has produced a wonderful series for Vic Firth documenting the history of the drum set. Here he is talking about the origin of the brushes (aka "Flyswatters"!):
For more great things relating to the history of the drums, check out Daniel's website:
- Thanks to Tim Mah who passed on this documentary about this history of Jazz in Montreal:
And here's a little piece in that regards from NPR's A Blog Supreme:
- And here's a great podcast interview with Billy Martin courtesy of 5049 Records:
- What am I listening to these days?
David Braid and Phil Nimmons "Suite St. John's: Falling Through"
Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski "Gathering Call" - Matt Wilson (drums)
Duke Jordan "Flight to Jordan" - Art Taylor (drums)
Bobby Hutcherson "Stick Up" - Billy Higgins (drums), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes)
Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton "A Day in Copenhagen" - Art Taylor (drums)
Illinois Jacquet "The Blues, That's Me!" - Oliver Jackson (drums)
Max Roach & Anthony Braxton " Birth, Rebirth" - Max Roach (drums)
The Big Beat (compilation) - Art Blakey, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones (drums)
Milt Jackson "At the Museum of Modern Art" - Otis "Candy" Finch (drums), Milt Jackson (vibes)
Shelly Manne "2-3-4" - Shelly Manne (drums)
- The Final Word:
Finally, some inspiring words to finish up today's post from Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno on creativity and hard work: