Hello everybody and I hope everything is super groovy in your part of the world these days. Things are busy over here in my neck of the woods with Canada's Jazz festival season kicking into high gear. But as usual here's a smattering of different things to check out:
- In honour of Father's Day, here's a nice piece from NPR's A Blog Supreme on some famous drummers and their drumming fathers:
- New Orleans drummer Geoff Clapp recently contributed a GREAT article on the nuances of playing the ride cymbal over at Drum Magazine:
- I really dug this article by Branford Marsalis over at Downbeat magazine recently:
- George Colligan contributed a great blog post about Time and on playing with a metronome over at his blog Jazz Truth:
- I heard through the grapevine that Vancouver tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad requires his ear training class at Capilano University to transcribe Jorge Rossy's drumming on "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" from Brad Mehldau's "Art of the Trio Vol.1". As you can see below, there is a lot of great information to learn from this one:
- Here's some great insight on Ahmad Jamal and the drumming of Vernell Fournier from Kenny Washington:
And then of course that led me to dig up this one courtesy of Ted Panken:
- My friend Phil Dwyer is now consulting on this CBC on-line Jazz stream. Check out some serious Canadian Jazz talent!
- A very insightful interview with the multi-talented drummer/vibraphonist Jason Marsalis:
- And speaking of New Orleans drummers, here's two of the greats featuring Shannon Powell and Herlin Riley:
And then Shannon Powell with Johnny Vidacovich:
- Some nice solo drumming (as always) and interview from Billy Martin:
- I'm really hoping that Brian Blade records with his recent trio project featuring Danilo Perez and John Patitucci (they are touring as "The Children of The Light" this summer). In the meantime check out this very musical drum solo:
- Special thanks to Sir Dale James for sharing this one of percussionist and rhythm guru Efrain Toro with Peter Erskine and Alex Acuna:
- What am I listening to these days?
Coleman Hawkins, Buddy Tate, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Arnett Cobb "Very Saxy" - Arthur Edgehill (drums)
Amiri Baraka "New Music, New Poetry" - Steve McCall (drums)
Gerry Hemingway "Kernelings" - Gerry Hemingway (drums and percussion)
Buster Williams "Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1999" - Carl Allen (drums)
Miles Davis & Sonny Stitt "Live in Stockholm 1960" - Jimmy Cobb (drums)
Teddy Edwards Sextet "Jazz Scene USA" - Doug Sides (drums)
- Dig this crazy footage of Buddy Rich playing "Mercy Mercy Mercy" circa. 1975:
I love the gogo dancers and what's up with that left hand of his???
Man....I really don't think he was human!
- Speaking of Buddy Rich....this is just hilarious (But I dig it. It still sounds like Buddy Rich!):
- And the last word today goes to this gentleman:
Thank you for all your great music Mr. Silver...