Episode 41: Groove Construction, Jimmy Branly, Masterwork Cymbals, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss Cuban-born/LA-based monster drummer Jimmy Branly, who’s featured in the June 2016 issue of Modern Drummer. The hosts then discuss their approach to constructing a groove to a new song. Johnston demos the Modern Drummer 40th-Anniversary 3-ply snare, and Dawson discusses and demos the Masterwork Jazz Master and Valena cymbals, which are reviewed in the June 2016 issue. After fielding several listener questions, the show concludes with picks of the week. 

Show Notes

June 2016 issue of Modern Drummer

Mike Johnston’s website:

Jimmy Branly book:

Drumset Artists of Cuba clip:

Masterwork cymbals:

40th Anniversary 3-ply snare demo:

Promark Active Grip sticks:

Oben TT-200 desktop tripod:

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