An American original, Ronnie Vannucci has rethought the drumkit for rock, infusing the Killers’ music with hard-charging rolls, goliath fills, tom-thumping war cries, and 2-and-4 backbeats.
The ska and reggae vet may be exploring new musical paths, but he remains true to his rhythmic roots. As an aspiring drummer, reggae and ska stalwart Korey Horn received a piece of advice from his father, jazz singer Kim Horn, that he’s been mulling over ever since: “If you want to be a […]
Billy Corgan Hired Him Based On A Gut Reaction—The same measure he wants the drummer to use when coming up with his own parts. Mike Byrne turns twenty-three this February 6, and three words associated with birthdays prove helpful in introducing the rising star to MD readers: wish, gift, and celebration. Consider it a safe […]
Simply put, jazz drumming eras could arguably be viewed as pre-Papa and post- Papa. Such was the immeasurable contribution of Jo Jones, whose elegant touch, feel, and sound marked a connecting bridge to our modern sense of jazz swing. Jonathan David Samuel Jones was born in 1911 in Chicago, where he was captivated by […]
Jim White, drummer for the noted Australian cult band the Dirty Three, explores the gray areas of instrumental indie rock with an ounce of subtlety and pounds of invention. Do you think that people project meaning onto drums in the way they do other instruments?” poses Jim White of the Australian […]
Mark Egan is one of the most highly regarded bassists in the history of electric jazz. Performing and recording with many of the prominent drummers of our time—a short list would include Steve Gadd, Jack DeJohnette, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Jordan, Billy Cobham, and Dave Weckl—he’s gained rare insight into the thought processes […]