February 2014 Issue – Volume 39 • Number 2


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Articles in February 2014

John Clardy

After years of trolling through the underground, he’s finally found balance—and a musical home—with the progressive indie band Tera Melos.   As a teen and early twentysomething, John Clardy hopped to and from punk and underground bands, playing house parties…

By Will Romano | Photo by Matt Draper
Jan 30, 2018

Scott Devours

Playing with legendary Who vocalist Roger Daltrey is badass enough. But what happens when an opportunity to play with the Who itself drops in your lap?   Last February 5, I was hanging out with a friend, and just as…

Modern Drummer
Jan 30, 2018

Shifting Gears

3 Paradiddle Exercises for Strengthening Subdivisions Practice the following subdivision pyramid exercises using a metronome to be sure your timing is accurate and consistent. You may need to work on each line individually before trying the entire thing. Tap your…

by Ken Vogel
Jan 30, 2018

Danny Seraphine: Integral

Photo by Tom Copi At a time when jazz and rock drumming camps were largely polar, Danny Seraphine integrated his skills in both genres into a fresh, vibrant sound that launched megahits. Gregg Bissonette called him “one of my drumming…

by Jeff Potter
Jan 30, 2018

Andrew Cyrille

Jazz historians would point out that his free and abstract playing with the world-renowned pianist Cecil Taylor shattered conventions of timekeeping and helped redefine the rhythms of modern jazz. But the diverse body of work that he’s amassed over his…

Story by Martin Patmos | Photos by Paul La Raia
Jan 30, 2018

Approaching Standards

A Framework for Musical Practice, Part 3: Language and Vernacular   Welcome to the final installment of our series on applying the rhythmic phrasing of jazz standards to the drumset. This time we’re exploring ways to extract themes from the…

by Steve Fidyk
Jan 30, 2018

Melvin Davis

In the ’60s, British kids hungry for exotic American sounds helped resuscitate the careers of countless R&B musicians from the States, a practice that continues to this day. Here’s the story of one Detroit drummer who kept his dreams alive…

By Drew Schultz | Photos by Paul Raab
Jan 30, 2018

Squidly Cole

He’s always ready to draw from decades’ worth of classic Jamaican sounds in the service of his own cutting-edge recordings, the music of the extended Marley family, and hits by international artists like Lauryn Hill and Joss Stone. Of this…

by Robin Tolleson
Jan 30, 2018

Flamacue Variations

26 Ways to Apply the Standard Rudiment to the Drumset In this article we’ll take the flamacue rudiment and apply it to the drumset. Let’s start by playing the flamacue on the snare. Now play it in 3/4. Notice that…

by Powell Randolph
Jan 30, 2018