DVD/Video Reviews

Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


Don Grolnick The Complete London Concert

Released digitally via Peter Erskine’s Fuzzy Memory Music Archives, this 1995 live acoustic jazz set features pianist/composer Don Grolnick in peak form, accompanied by the unsurpassable lineup of Erskine, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Marty Ehrlich, Robin Eubanks, Peter Washington, and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 22, 2014

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour

DVD (2) or BLU-RAY LEVEL: ALL $24.98 Next year will mark Rush’s fortieth anniversary. Judging by the energy the band puts forth on its latest live release, another forty doesn’t seem out of the question. Okay, maybe another ten—the point…

Modern Drummer
Dec 3, 2013

The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berryand Jason Gianni

BOOK/CDS (2) LEVEL: ALL $34.95 Recently updated by its coauthors to include nearly a hundred more reference grooves, this ambitious 200-plus-page tome continues to inspire, offering a variety of rhythmic concepts, from polka patterns to reggae beats to variations on…

Modern Drummer
Nov 5, 2013

Gorden Campbell Secrets of the Working Drummer

DVD LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED $24.99 What makes a working drummer? Here, the top R&B player Gorden Campbell defines the gig in artistic and practical terms. Musically, he focuses on the importance of concepts like knowing song form and getting…

Modern Drummer
Oct 18, 2013

Paul Motian ECM

In the jazz world, where idiosyncrasy is embraced, Paul Motian is among the most idiosyncratic musicians. This box set is an ideal format to track the development of the drummer’s quirky, deeply personal compositional voice. Indeed, it’s a showcase for…

Modern Drummer
Oct 4, 2013

Love For Levon: A Benefit To Save The Barn

DVDS (2) LEVEL: ALL $24.99 When Levon Helm left us last year, mourners hoped to preserve his legacy by sustaining the Barn. In this beloved venue, Levon hosted the Midnight Rambles, where top musicians gathered for homespun concerts in a…

Modern Drummer
Sep 24, 2013

Joe Mccarthy’s Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along Series, Volume II

DVD LEVEL: ADVANCED $19.95 Discussing skills development, McCarthy sites “concentration” as an additional “limb” that requires equal exercise. And, man, this drummer’s fifth limb is muscle-bound. McCarthy’s astonishing independence and disciplined groove focus are a thrill to behold. Showcasing his…

Modern Drummer
Sep 12, 2013

The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From the Cajon to the Drum Set

BOOK/DVD LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED $30 Recording artist and educator Hector Morales has contributed a rich and concise new look at an under-covered topic. A valuable addition to the library of world percussion, The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble provides us with…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2013

Dave Grohl Sound City: Real to Reel

Who would dream up a project with Corey Taylor, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Josh Homme, and Fear’s Lee Ving fronting the Foo Fighters? Dave Grohl, of course. The mega musician’s directorial debut is a tribute to Sound City recording studios, home…

Modern Drummer
Mar 19, 2013

School Of Bongo by Trevor Salloum

BOOK/CD LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED $19.99 There are plenty of books out there, including three others by Trevor Salloum, that address the use of bongos in musical styles that commonly include the Afro-Cuban instrument. Unlike its predecessors, though, School of…

Modern Drummer
Dec 21, 2012

Drum Diaries, Volume One by Michael Gould

E-BOOK LEVEL: ALL $10.99 This unique multi-media e-book isn’t designed to be a complete, all-encompassing drumming method. Rather, it’s conceived as a collection of short exercises, practice tips, and play-alongs that are meant to inspire you to explore new ideas…

Modern Drummer
Dec 6, 2012

Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick (Collector’s Edition)

  CD/DVD Don’t say I didn’t warn you: If you take your copy of the new Collector’s Edition CD/Audio DVD of Jethro Tull’s 1972 studio album Thick As a Brick to work and pop it into your computer, you’re going…

Modern Drummer
Nov 19, 2012


BOOK/DVD LEVEL: ADVANCED $19.99 If you’re familiar with the adventurous music that NYC drummer Ari Hoenig makes with his band as well as with the modernistic pianists Kenny Werner and Jean-Michel Pilc, then you know that Hoenig’s a wizard when…

Modern Drummer
Oct 5, 2012


DVDS LEVEL: ALL $14.99 EACH The Ultimate Drum Lessons series cherry-picks highlights from across the extensive Hudson DVD catalog, bringing students a “best of” playlist from a generous grouping of today’s masters. The two newest collections continue to enlighten. With…

Modern Drummer
Sep 28, 2012