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Driver's Seat - Energy and the Ensemble

I said in my first article for MD last year that sometimes a well placed rim shot in an arrangement has more impact than ten thousand notes. The prime example is Buddy Rich's two bar silent break in Channel One…

Modern Drummer
Mar 9, 2017

Butch Miles: Drivin' The Basie Rhythm Machine

It would probably be difficult to name a big band that swings and pulsates more than the dynamic Count Basie Orchestra. For over forty years. Basie has kept his aggregation alive and swinging with his inimitable brand of big band…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Butch Miles: Drivin' The Basie Rhythm Machine

It would probably be difficult to name a big band that swings and pulsates more than the dynamic Count Basie Orchestra. For over forty years. Basie has kept his aggregation alive and swinging with his inimitable brand of big band…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Drivers Seat: Tips From Butch Miles

A big band is many things. It can be top-heavy and cumbersome, or to quote a certain well-known world champion, it can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access…

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Feb 23, 2017

Driver's Seat - Big Band Basics

In my last article, I gave nine rules for better big band drumming. As you may recall, they were: (1) Support, (2) Don't get in the way, (3) Cue (or Direct) the band, (4) Don't overplay (simplify), (5) Keep the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Driver's Seat - Big Band Basics

In my last article, I gave nine rules for better big band drumming. As you may recall, they were: (1) Support, (2) Don't get in the way, (3) Cue (or Direct) the band, (4) Don't overplay (simplify), (5) Keep the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Driver's Seat: Learning The Chart and Phrasing

Last time, we discussed the value of underplaying and keeping the energy level high. This article deals with two of the most important of all the nine tips I've suggested: learning the chart and phrasing. TO READ THE FULL STORY:…

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Feb 23, 2017

Driver's Seat: Being Equipped For Big Band

In this article, I'll touch on equipment, various big-band drummers' set-ups, muffling the set for live and recording situations, and some hints on cymbal technique. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE…

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Feb 23, 2017

December 2006 - Volume 30 • Number 12

Stephen Perkins, Chris McHugh, Jeff Hamilton, Adam Carson, Mark Guiliana, Paul Motian, Scott Rockenfield, Abe Fogel, Thomas Pridgen, Trevor Friedrich, Jack DeJohnette, Brian Tichy, Myles Heskett, Tony Williams, Jason McGerr, Butch Miles, Ed Shaughnessy, Bruce Gary TO READ THE FULL…

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Dec 1, 2006

March 2006 - Volume 30 • Number 3

Terry Bozzio, Riley Breckenridge, Daniel Erlandsson, Alan Evans, Michael White, Raymond Herrera, Jim Bonfanti, Butch Miles, Frank Vincent, Ignacio Berroa, Vinnie Colaiuta, George Schwindt, Paul Doucette TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year…

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Mar 1, 2006

February 1987 - Volume 11 • Number 2

Anton Fig, Connie Kay, Jerry Kroon, Neil Peart, Elvin Jones, Billy Cobham, Susan Evans, Steve Jordan, Kenny Washington, Buddy Williams, Barrett Deems, Gary Wallis, Butch Miles, Steve Smith TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or…

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Feb 1, 1987

September 1986 - Volume 10 • Number 9

Tommy Lee, Bun E. Carlos, Jerry Carrigan, Ben Riley, Steve Gadd, Max Weinberg, Jerry Mercer, Gary Husband, Butch Miles TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years…

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Sep 1, 1986

April 1984 - Volume 8 • Number 4

Neil Peart, Ralph Cooper, Jon Hiseman, John Steel, Michael Carabello, Dave Weckl, Mark Herndon, Butch Miles, Myron Grombacher, Omar Hakim TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47…

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Apr 1, 1984

January 1983 - Volume 7 • Number 1

Peter Erskine, Chester Thompson, Jim Gordon, Tony Williams, Dennis Elliot, Vic Mastrianni, Tommy Aldridge, Andy Newmark, Butch Miles, Chet McCracken, Ralph Cooper, Sue Hadjopoulos, Tris Imboden, Gene Dunlap, Mike Baird, Ed Tuduri, Bill Ward, Michael Botts, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jim Keltner,…

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Jan 1, 1983