Monday, January 29, 2018

Joe Morello: The Famous Cymbal

A nice little documentary today (with some big names weighing in) on the legacy of Joe Morello:

Furthermore, here' an older feature and interview with Joe from Jazz Profiles:

And finally, from Scott K. Fish, here's part of a Morello drum clinic from the 70s (looking forward to hearing Part 2!):

Monday, January 22, 2018

Alvin Fielder & Steve Coleman: Charlie Parker Tribute (in the raw)

And....we're back. Thanks to Chad Anderson who hipped me to this wonderful audio recording of the great Alvin Fielder with Steve Coleman and Graham Haynes, playing on some classic Charlie Parker music:

Friday, January 12, 2018

Roy Haynes: A Life in Time

I'm taking a break for the next while so in the meantime here's a nice documentary on coolest and hippest man alive....Roy! Haynes!

And, in case you missed it....a very spirited drum solo (complete with a tap interlude!) from the 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Max Roach 1993

Twenty five years ago today (January 1993), I met Max Roach at the IAJE Conference in San Antonio, Texas. I was only 15 years old at the time but I had already started listening to Max through his collaborations with Clifford Brown ("Study in Brown") and Sonny Rollins ("Saxophone Colossus"). I was hooked from the very first notes but after meeting Mr. Roach, shaking his hand and him graciously offering me an autograph I can safely say that my fate was sealed that morning!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cymbal Sounds of The Masters: The Legends

Thanks to the kind people over at the Zildjian Cymbal Company, here's a brilliant piece of cymbal history to check out:

Let's hope that we see more of these, please!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Drum & Bass: Art Blakey and Paul Chambers

Just a little something to leave you with before the weekend starts...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018 with Joey Baron

Happy New Year's! And what better way to ring in 2018 than with some inspiring solo drumming from Joey Baron:

While Baron is certainly a masterful, imaginative and inventive soloist by himself, here's also a nice reminder of his impeccable skills as an accompanist, featured here with Mark Turner on tenor saxophone and Jorge Rossy on vibraphone (!) on a composition entitled "Aloysius" (dedicated to Al Foster perhaps?):