August 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 8


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Articles in August 2018

Zildjian - A Series 18" Uptown Ride and 12" New Beat Hi-Hats

Quick, articulate, and bright sounds for compact setups and electronic/fusion situations.

by Michael Dawson
Jun 27, 2018

Antonio Sanchez, McClenty Hunter Jr., and Duduka da Fonseca take the reins, a trio of albums featuring Vinnie Colaiuta, and more!

RECORDINGS Taking the Reins Photo by Elisa Caldana Antonio Sanchez Channels of Energy The innovative musician veers in yet another direction. Following on the heels of his Grammy-nominated drums-meets-electronics tour de force, Bad Hombre, the amazing Antonio Sanchez takes a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2018

Jamison Ross

It’s All Connected

Story by Jeff Potter | Photos by Alex Solca
Jun 27, 2018

Mark Sheppard of Robyn Hitchcock and His L.A. Squires

It’s a balmy January evening, and at the back of an Italian restaurant nestled in a southern California strip mall, Mark Sheppard is telling the story of how he came to be the drummer with the psychedelic pop institution the…

Story by Adam Budofsky | Photos by Michele Shiers
Jun 27, 2018

Noble & Cooley - Walnut Classic Drumset

A new horizontal-ply shell construction from the original American boutique builder.

Article by David Ciauro | Video Demo by Michael Dawson
Jun 27, 2018
Interview by David Ciauro | Photos by Shay La’vee
Jun 27, 2018

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's Eric Moore and Michael Cavanagh

Last month we interviewed drummer Marian Li-Pino of the SoCal indie-surf rock band La Luz, who recently toured Australia alongside that country’s progressive psych ensemble King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Marian, the good sport that she is, agreed to put on her journalist cap and report back on what drives this unlikely double-drummer-powered group.

Story by Marian Li-Pino | Photo by Jamie Wdziek
Jun 27, 2018

The Single-Stroke Three

Exploring an Often-Used Yet Unsung Sticking

by Joel Rothman
Jun 27, 2018

The Robert Glasper Experiment's Mark Colenburg

The jazz and hip-hop drumming ace adds a new book and live DVD to an ever-growing list of recording, touring, and publishing credits. Here we get a glimpse into his surprising journey.

Story by Willie Rose | Photos courtesy of Hudson Music
Jun 27, 2018

Drum Journalism

Every once in a while when I’m trying to sound important in an editorial meeting, I’ll pull out this line: “We can never forget that even though we’re all drummers around this table, it’s just as crucial that we’re journalists…

by Adam Budofsky
Jun 27, 2018

Pete Lockett

Pete Lockett has traveled the globe countless times in search of new sounds and ethnic styles to interpret. The latest example of his approach is Boom!, a collaboration with Luis Conte where the two master percussionists seamlessly meld Indian, Cuban,…

by Mike Haid
Jun 27, 2018

Latin Jazz Drumming - The Mambo, Part 1

In this lesson series we’ll focus on Latin jazz rhythms and interpret them on the drumset. For the first installment, we’re digging into the Afro-Cuban mambo bell pattern. Mambo is an Afro-Cuban style that’s built upon a clave foundation. Traditionally…

by Steve Fidyk
Jun 27, 2018

The Creative Hi-Hat Foot

A Fresh Approach for the Steady Timekeeper

by Stephane Chamberland
Jun 27, 2018

Zoom L-12 LiveTrak

A versatile digital mixer and multitrack recorder with five independent headphone mixes, an audio interface, and more.

by Miguel Monroy
Jun 27, 2018

WFLIII - Signature Metal and Classic Wood Snares

Uniquely designed drums that carry the legacy of generations of high-quality craftsmanship into a new era.

by Brian Hill
Jun 27, 2018

John “Jabo” Starks and Roy Burns Pass, Guitar Center Names Donny Gruendler Vice President of Music Education, and More Industry Happenings

Photo of John "Jabo" Starks by Paul La Raia. John “Jabo” Starks and Roy Burns Pass As this month’s issue went into production, Modern Drummer was saddened to hear about the passing of the funk legend John “Jabo” Starks and…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2018

Drum Wisdom: Dana Hall

The drummer, composer, and director of jazz studies and ethnomusicology at DePaul University is all about seeking out true sources.

Interview by Ken Micallef | Photos by Gene Ambo
Jun 27, 2018

TAPAS for the Gigging Drummer

A Five-Part Recipe for Ensuring Ultimate Employability

by Jonathan Ulman
Jun 27, 2018

What’s Your Favorite Hip-Hop or R&B Drumming Performance?

Acoustic drumming generally isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when considering modern hip-hop and R&B album production. But when we took to Facebook and Instagram to ask readers about their favorite hip-hop and R&B drumming performances, plenty of…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2018

A Keller Innovation

This month’s inventive setup comes to us from Stephen Shepard, who’s been playing drums since 1962. In the late ’70s, Shepard started a drum restoration and manufacturing company in San Diego called the Drum Craftsmen with his best friend and…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2018