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April 2019 Issue – Volume 43 • Number 4

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Articles in April 2019

Latin Jazz Drumming Part 3: Mambo Bell Ideas in 3/2 Time

Welcome to the third installment in our series on Latin jazz drumming. In this lesson we’ll focus on mambo bell variations in a 3/2 time signature. The inspiration for this month’s column comes from an audition experience I had several…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2019

Kyle Crane with Neko Case

Crane says that during rehearsals he homed in on tempos and focused on the way Case’s tracks were supposed to feel.

by Willie Rose
Feb 27, 2019

New Releases by Phil Stewart, Henry Conerway, Jeff Berlin, Rudy Royston and more.

Groove and pocket are something drummers discuss often. It’s something where you know it when you hear it.

Modern Drummer
Feb 27, 2019

Modern Drummer 2019 Readers Poll Winners

The Foo Fighters’ tandem drummers had another huge year in 2018, with Taylor Hawkins powering the band throughout

Modern Drummer
Feb 27, 2019

The Hollywood Custom and Vintage Drum Show

Since its inception nearly two decades ago, the Hollywood Custom and Vintage Drum Show has built up a reputation as a national premier drumming event.

Story and photos by Bob Campbell
Feb 27, 2019
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Sean Lennon on the Claypool Lennon Delirium’s South of Reality

On February 22 the Claypool Lennon Delirium—an alternative psychedelic group that consists of Primus frontman Les Claypool and multi-instrumentalist/drummer Sean Ono Lennon—released their new album, South of Reality.

by 
Billy Amendola
Feb 27, 2019

Long Live Rock!

Perhaps more than any other band on the planet, Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana vehicle represents the very heights of grandeur that rock can still attain.

by Adam Budofsky
Feb 27, 2019

Amanda Shires’ Jerry Pentecost

When Modern Drummer reached out to catch up with Jerry Pentecost, the drummer filled us in on his impressive performing schedule and concluded, “I’m really just a dude looking for donuts.”

Story by Jeff Potter | Photos by Rick Malkin
Feb 27, 2019

The Transformer

This creative yet compact setup comes to us from Westminster, California’s Jimmy Tran, and it marks the second time that one of the drummer’s kits has appeared in MD’s featured spotlight.

Modern Drummer
Feb 27, 2019

Five-A-Diddles

Throughout their careers, great drummers such as Zigaboo Modeliste, David Garibaldi, and Dave Weckl have opened our imaginations to the possibilities of paradiddles and their inversions.

by Jayson Brinkworth
Feb 27, 2019

Porter & Davies BC-X Bass Drum Monitoring System

Porter & Davies is a U.K.-based company that manufactures a range of high-quality tactile monitoring systems, including the flagship BC2, the rack-mountable BC2rm, and the portable BC Gigster.

by Michael Dawson
Feb 27, 2019
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NickyMoon Custom Cymbals

Even with the vast amount of choices on the market, there’s a particularly human element missing. I decided to change that and create my own unique instruments.”

by Michael Dawson
Feb 27, 2019

Morgan Ågren Of The Mats/Morgan Band

The career of Swedish drummer Morgan Ågren is proof that you needn’t adhere to typical scenarios to forge a unique professional path.

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by Elliot Elliot
Feb 27, 2019

Eights And Sixes

We’re going to build upon the Eights and Sixes exercise that I introduced in Part 1 of this series by adding double strokes and rimshots into the routine.

by Bill Bachman
Feb 27, 2019

Paris_Monster's Josh Dion

New York-based multi-instrumentalist Josh Dion has been honing his own unique slant on the concept with Paris_Monster to push the envelope.

Story by Robin Tolleson | Photos by John Fell
Feb 27, 2019

Rogers USA Dyna-Sonic Snares

The new Dyna-Sonic snares are designed to be accurate replications of the original wood-shell models made during the company’s heyday in the 1960s.

by Michael Dawson
Feb 27, 2019

Oh Sees’ Paul Quattrone and Dan Rincon

Since 2015 the Oh Sees have utilized a double-drummer rhythm section, which currently features Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone.

Story by Stephen Bidwell | Photos by Nicola Gypsicola
Feb 27, 2019

Music As A Game

In his book Effortless Mastery, jazz pianist, composer, and author Kenny Werner wrote, “Don’t forget: Music is something we just made up. It doesn’t actually exist as anything but a game for us.”

by Aaron Edgar
Feb 27, 2019
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What's Your Favorite Charlie Watts Performance?

When we first took to social media to ask which performances you’d recommend from the seminal Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts.

Modern Drummer
Feb 27, 2019

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