Monday, May 20, 2024

The Monday Morning Paradiddle - May 2024

And...we're back. Hope all is well in your part of the world and thanks for checking in. 

This is the May 2024 edition of The Monday Morning Paradiddle, a more-or-less monthly collection of various items of interest, for your pleasure and enjoyment.

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The Monday Morning Paradiddle - May 2024

1. Another series of great articles from Vinnie Sperrazza's Substack Chronicles including pieces on:

Archie Shepp and Philly Joe Jones

For Tootie Heath and Further Tootie

Swing to Bop: Kenny Clarke at Minton's

2. An article and interview with Billy Hart from KNKX Public Radio

3. Al Foster warms up in the studio before a recording session:


4. Alma Tree, a fantastic percussion trio featuring Bob Moses on drums:


5. John DeChristopher's Live from my Drum Room featuring Adam Nussbaum:


6. Aldo Mazza's Shaping Your Journey podcast featuring Jeff Hamilton:

7. The 80/20 Drummer interviews Quincy Davis...


...and Ed Soph: 


8. Jeff Ballard from a trio hit with the Fly Trio, with Mark Turner and Larry Grenadier:


9. And as always...Joe Farnsworth RIPS! 


10. Samo Salamon interviews Danish jazz drummer Anders Mogensen:


11. Mark Guiliana featured on Go Encore: 


12. As always, Quincy Davis shares the goods with us through his ongoing YouTube series Q-Tips:


13. Ken Micallef offers these two wonderful pieces featuring Tony Williams...

...and the great jazz drummers:


14. Lewis Nash with Sean Jones, paying homage to the Max Roach/Clark Terry drum and trumpet duet "Brushes and Brass":


15. Speaking of brush playing, check out these fantastic sweeps from Martin France:

16. Andrew Cyrille plays his solo drum composition "Laurent":


17. A wonderful feature on the drumming of the late afro-beat Master drummer Tony Allen:


18. Max Roach's "Drum Conversation" 


19. What am I listening to these days?

Fred Anderson and Steve McCall "Vintage Duets" - Steve McCall (drums)

Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana "Taming the Dragon" - Mark Guiliana (drums)

Steve Nelson "A Common Language" - Eric Ineke (drums)

Redman/Mehldau/McBride/Blade "Round Again"- Brian Blade (drums)

Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison "Illumination" - Elvin Jones (drums)

Phil Nimmons "The Atlantic Suite" - Stan Perry (drums)

Max Roach and Clifford Brown "Live at the Beehive" - Max Roach (drums)

20. And today's Final Word goes to Ernest Hemingway thanks to Canadian pianist David Restivo, via the Facebook.

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one becomes a Master"

- Ernest Hemingway

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