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Monday, October 21, 2019

Billy Higgins Interview 1991















A short but informative radio interview with the great Billy Higgins circa. 1991 in which he talks about his time playing with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and the importance of listening:



As per usual, when the Masters speak...we listen.

Also, check out these reflections of a Billy Higgins/Shelly Manne drum duet (!) from 1984 via Mark Weber:

https://markweber.free-jazz.net/2012/01/24/billy-higgins-shelly-manne-duet-september-23-1984-watts-towers/

I really want to know what this sounded like!








Thursday, October 17, 2019

Michel Lambert Solo Drums













From a recent performance at Montreal's Cafe Resonance, here's some solo drum set from the ever creative Michel Lambert:



Dig those mounted trash can lids. Yeah!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich 1955


















Originally aired in 1955 on Voices of America, here's Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich interview by Willis Conover:



Monday, October 7, 2019

Matt Wilson: "It's all about Imagination"


















Matt Wilson is always a source of creative inspiration. I am always reminded that Jazz music is supposed to be FUN when I hear Matt play and talk. 

Here's a recent interview with Matt from Drummer Nation in which he shares his wisdom and creative energy:



And here's some full concert footage from a few years back of Wilson in action with Benny Green, Martin Wind, Chris Potter and Marcus Strickland from Jazz Baltica 2010:

Thursday, October 3, 2019

*Double Stroke Challenge*













An awkward but fun double stroke exercise that I've found to be a useful little warmup/wrist twister.

Check it out:























It looks simple enough: a routine RRLL double-stroke sticking pattern BUT the challenge is to accent every THREE notes grouping in succession. It is harder than it looks/sounds but worth the trouble (really exaggerate those accents ya dig?)

Enjoy!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Chris Smith - The Drum Hang Vol. 6











Another instalment of excellent Jazz drumming tutorials from Chris Smith via The Drum Hang. I've posted all of his videos before and will continue to share these because I think they are really great. I have really learned a lot from these.

Now, there are a ton of so-called experts in the online world and on YouTube.com and Instagram these days, all too eager to share their "expertise" but, in fact, there are really only a small number who actually know what they are talking about! (this is of course my biased opinion....)

Chris Smith not only knows what he's talking about (and he's a really good player too!) but he also offers his explanations and concepts in a very concise and articulate way as well. This series is significant and I think he should write a book or something...oh wait never mind, he did! Check out his excellent biography on Mel Lewis entitled "The View From the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis".

Anyways, sit back and learn something from this collection of instructional videos, produced by someone who really knows what they are talking about: