Sunday, April 11, 2010

Kim Thompson Kicks A**

One last post before the weekend finishes and the dawn of a fresh new week.

This particular clip, featuring drummer Kim Thompson with guitarist Mike Stern, Lew Soloff on trumpet and bassist Francois Moutin laying it down at NYC's infamous 55 Bar, has been inspiring and motivating me very much over the past few days:

Kim Thompson is a terrific jazz drummer who has also performed extensively with Beyonce (!) in addition to the likes of Kenny Barron, Tia Fuller and Mike Stern. I first met Kim a number of years ago while I was wandering the halls of the Manhattan School Music in New York City preparing for my Master's audition. She was a heck of a drummer then and is really playing great these days. The energy in that particular youtube footage is awesome !

She also reminds me of this other fantastic female drummer who also plays the crap out of the drums:

Hmmm...was that one of Tony's old K's that Cindy Blackman is playing in that fine clip ?

I might have to take her (and Tony's!) cue and invest in a couple extra floor toms !

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