Friday, March 7, 2014
I'm going to be off the grid for awhile and hitting the beach here shortly, so check this one out until I return...
Here's some rare footage of the great Joe Harris with Sonny Rollins and Henry Grimes on bass to check out:
I've only really known Harris from his work with Dizzy Gillespie's big band but, as you can see here, he was equally comfortable in small groups as well and fits perfectly with Rollins' chord-less, trio configuration. Check out those creative, swinging fours between Harris and Rollins.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
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:
Friday, February 28, 2014
The folks over at Zildjian have recently produced a new line of cymbals, something akin to their K Constantinoples, but different. I'm eagerly looking forward to checking these out. Here's a trio to reckon with: Ulysses Owens Jr., Kendrick Scott and Eric Harland all demonstrating these new instruments:
Hey Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!
I'm hitting the road this weekend and playing at the Bassment (one of Canada's finest jazz establishments) on Saturday evening with Canadian pianist David Braid and his unique brass octet project. We played together last spring in Edmonton at the Yardbird Suite and this is truly some very unique and creative music. David is a brilliant composer, pianist and improviser and I'm really looking forward to playing his challenging music again.
Fortunately it's only a balmy - 64 degrees there with the wind chill (yes, I am being serious...) I guess I will have to bundle up!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Some incredible brush playing today from Gregory Hutchinson, featured on "Salt Peanuts":
And here's a little up-close footage as well (with sticks!)
(sorry...it doesn't want to embed but it's worth checking out!)