February 2019 Archives - Modern Drummer Magazine

February 2019 Issue – Volume 43 • Number 2

Remembering the hugely influential and multifaceted gospel drummer. Joel Smith, one of the most prolific drummers in the gospel music scene, passed away this past September 8 at the age of fifty-eight. Beginning in the mid ’70s, Smith carved out a unique position as the musical centerpiece of gospel royalty with his uncles Edwin and […]

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Articles in February 2019


Path Orchestration

A Unique Method for Developing Fills

by Jost Nickel
Dec 27, 2018

What’s Your Favorite Tony Williams Album?

In this month’s Jazz Drummer’s Workshop, the Brooklyn-based drummer and educator Mike Alfieri demonstrates ways to develop unique ride patterns inspired by the jazz great Tony Williams. To coincide with the piece, we asked our readers and social media followers…

Modern Drummer
Dec 27, 2018
An Editor's Overview

Props to the Drum Shops

When was the last time you visited a music store or drum shop? If you’re like me, you’re probably spending less and less time hanging and talking shop with other local drummers and musicians while picking up a new pair…

Article by Mike Dawson
Dec 27, 2018

10 Reasons to Love Pete Thomas

Whittling down the list of worthy tracks to just the ten covered here was a difficult task.

Story by Patrick Berkery
Dec 27, 2018

Interpol's Sam Fogarino

Like few units before or since, New York’s Interpol truly truly embodies the city's sound and spirit.

Story by David Ciauro | Photos by Alex Solca
Dec 27, 2018

Crack The Sky's Joey D'Amico

His musical road hasn’t always been smoothly paved—or paved at all.

Story by Will Roman | Photos by Linda Miller
Dec 27, 2018

Denny Seiwell

His new, Grammy-nominated album represents a major return to his roots as a jazz artist. “That’s why we call it Boomerang,” says the drummer, whose first rock ’n’ roll recording was Paul McCartney’s hit 1971 album, Ram. “A boomerang comes…

Story by Bob Girouard
Dec 27, 2018

Tama Classic Stand Series

Sturdier versions of vintage-style, lightweight designs for more modern applications. A couple years ago, Tama revived the simple, compact, and lightweight design of cymbal stands from the 1960s with the flat-base Classic model. The company has since fleshed out an…

Story by Michael Dawson
Dec 27, 2018

Lee "Scratch" Perry's Larry McDonald

Larry McDonald’s conga playing is a thread that runs through more than half a century of Jamaican music.

Story by Robin Tolleson | Photos by Paul La Raia
Dec 27, 2018

New Recordings from Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II, Dan Weiss, and more!

RECORDINGS Taking The Reins Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II Silenced One drummer’s unique and bold statement on topical events. On Silenced, accomplished drummer/composer Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II and
an impressive cast of collaborators (including Nels Cline) navigate a series of…

Modern Drummer
Dec 27, 2018
New and Notable

New Gear from Tama, Zildjian, Roland, Sabian and more!

Tama Starclassic Performer B/B Exotix Tigerwood Kit and  S.L.P. Big Black Steel Snare Tama’s Starclassic Performer BB kit is now available in Gloss Natural Tigerwood and Midnight Blue Tigerwood finishes with Brushed Black Nickel hardware. Features include die-cast hoops and Star-Cast mounting…

Modern Drummer
Dec 27, 2018

The Modern Drummer Guide to Reading Rhythms

Part 3: 8th Notes and 8th-Note Rests

by Miguel Monroy
Dec 27, 2018
Around The World

Reggae 101: The Steppers Beat

Exploring One of the Genre’s Essential Grooves

by Tommy Benedetti
Dec 27, 2018

Karriem Riggins

Drummer/producer Karriem Riggins is a speeding comet blazing across the hip-hop cosmos.

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by Alex Solca
Dec 27, 2018

Jawbox’s For Your Own Special Sweetheart

After emerging from Washington D.C.’s legendary late-’80s post-hardcore scene, Jawbox came of age on their 1994 major-label debut—thanks to the addition of powerhouse drummer Zach Barocas. Jawbox was under a great deal
 of scrutiny when For Your Own Special Sweetheart…

by David Jarnstrom
Dec 27, 2018
Gearing Up

Beck's Chris Coleman

MD checked in with pop/R&B drummer Chris Coleman while he was on tour with Beck. “Beck is very meticulous about every sound that comes off that stage,” says Coleman, “but I couldn’t be more different from his drummer of the…

Interview by Dave Previ | Photos by John Shore
Dec 27, 2018

Musical Palindromes

A Twisted Rhythmic Challenge

by Aaron Edgar
Dec 27, 2018

The Vintage Double Bass Monster

The Brooklyn-based drummer and educator David Clive, who plays with the New York groups the Nawlins Funk Band, Carla V,
and John Putnam and Used Blues, assembled this month’s featured vintage Gretsch beauty. Clive, who also teaches at the College of…

Modern Drummer
Dec 27, 2018