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September 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Snarky Puppy’s Robert “Sput" Searight, Larnell Lewis, and Jason "JT" Thomas

September 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Snarky Puppy’s Robert Sput Searight, Larnell Lewis, and Jason JT Thomas

(Available in print and digitally July 30, 2016)

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On the Cover

Snarky Puppy’s Robert “Sput” Searight, Larnell Lewis, and Jason “JT” Thomas

“The music was different this time. The band has evolved. We’re trying to combine different elements together. That’s why this record is groove based.”
As senior Snarky drummer Robert Searight suggests, the band’s  rst studio album in eight years, Culcha Vulcha, is all about the bigger picture—a grand tapestry of sound resulting from multiple
drummers and percussionists carefully picking their parts and contributing to grooves of great depth. – by Willie Rose


Catching Up With…Flotsam and Jetsam’s JASON BITTNER and Good Tiger’s ALEX RÜDINGER


Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler recently moved to Nashville to find his solo voice, and the players he found there—including this barn-burning Jersey transplant—knew exactly what he needed. – by Adam Budofsky


This Norwegian drummer’s worldview seemingly recognizes no borders whatsoever. – by Ken Micallef


He established a sound and personality with alt-rock icons the Violent Femmes that remains long after his departure. But he’s not standing still, drumming-wise or otherwise. – by Will Romano


If it’s not about chops, can it really be called prog? Poly-Math’s texture-obsessed drummer unequivocally says yes—and backs it up brilliantly at the kit. – by Ilya Stemkovsky


Players and peers o er insight into one of the drum industry’s indisputable giants.


Basics – Fundamental Fills, Part 2

Solid 16th-Note Triplets – by Donny Gruendler

Strictly Technique – Hearing the Click on the “E”

Shifting the Metronome to Improve Time – by Powell Randolph (click here for supplemental video content)

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Groove Construction

Part 5 – Ghost Notes Using an Ostinato Approach – by Jost Nickel (click here for supplemental video content)

Around the World – African Pop Meets American Funk

Exploring the Mangambe Rhythm – by Steve Rucker

Rock Perspectives – Groove Contraction

Creating Tension and Release – by Aaron Edgar (click here for supplemental video content)

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop – Five-Note Patterns

Analyzing and Exploring an Odd Grouping – by Greg Sundel

Concepts – Playing From the Inside Out

Remove the Unintentional – by Russ Miller


Product Close-Up
• Tama Superstar Classic Drumset (click here for supplemental video content)
• Zildjian S Family Cymbals (click here for supplemental video content)
• C&C Maple Gum Drumset
• Promark ActiveGrip Forward 5A Drumsticks

Gearing Up: Whitesnake’s Tommy Aldridge

Shop Talk – Ludwig & Ludwig Super-Ludwig and Super-Sensitive Snare Drums

Collector’s Corner – Walberg and Auge

The Forgotten Brand Lives Again – by Harry Cangany

New and Notable



by Willie Rose

Readers’ Platform – Treating, managing, and preventing blisters


Alex Shelnutt on A Day to Remember’s Bad Vibrations, Chris Turner on tour with Oceans Ate Alaska

It’s Questionable:

Humidity and Drums

Showcase Featuring Drum Market


Beyond Turbines with Virgil Donati, a quartet of Pat Mastelotto recordings

Inside Methods:

Aaron Sterling’s Sound of Sterloid Vol. 1


Metallica’s Ride the Lightning

Kit of the Month – Katrina Restoration

Backbeats – Woodstick Groove 2016 (click here for supplemental video content)

Contest – Win an Incredible Prize Package From Pearl Drums and V-Classic Cymbals! (click here)

and more!

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