Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Last week at the PASIC 2009 conference in Indianapolis, amongst the many, many amazing concerts and master classes that I was fortunate to attend, I was lucky to catch a long-time favorite drummer of mine perform - Yoron Israel.
Yoron is a great jazz drummer and teaches at the Berklee College of Music. I took a few lessons with Yoron while spending some time in Boston performing with the stage production "Barrage" back in 2004.
The first time I heard Yoron play was actually at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in 1996 with Joe Lovano's Quartet. He had just released his double album "Quartets" (another keeper that features drummers Billy Hart and Lewis Nash) and was touring and performing music from that album. From the first notes of Lovano's "Fort Worth", Israel's drumming left a significant impression on me as a drummer.
Yoron has produced an excellent and well-articulated DVD entitled "Creative Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set" and features concise and practical approaches to being creative and playing musical drum solos.
A few sample clips can be found on-line:
And here's a great Second-Line version of Thelonious Monk's "Bright Mississippi" with Dr. Lonnie Smith: