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February 2019 Issue – Volume 43 • Number 2

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Articles in February 2019

Scott Quintana
 with Kacey Musgraves

“Less is more” for the tasteful Nashville touring and session pro, as he accompanies a chart-topping modern country music star around the world.

Story by Willie Rose | Photo by Catherine Powell
Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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

Amedia Jazz Legend and Vision Series Cymbals

Amedia is one of a handful of cymbal companies in Istanbul, Turkey, that employ centuries-old manufacturing methods done primarily by hand.

Story by Michael Dawson
Dec 27, 2018
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Percussion Kinetics Vector G1 Double Pedal

A strong, smooth option for double-kick players looking to make foot positioning more ergonomic. Percussion Kinetics developed the G1 single pedal several years ago so drummers could sit at the kit with
a more natural outward-turned foot position without having to…

Story by Michael Dawson
Dec 27, 2018

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

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

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

In Memoriam: Joel Smith

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…

Modern Drummer
Dec 27, 2018
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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

Jack Stratton on Vulfpeck's Hill Climber

The multitalented group infuses nasty feels and refreshing sounds into a modern funk setting. Here their founding drummer sounds off on their latest killing outing. Since forming at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2011,…

Story by Willie Rose
Dec 27, 2018

Reggae 101: The Steppers Beat

Exploring One of the Genre’s Essential Grooves

by Tommy Benedetti
Dec 27, 2018

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

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

Dave Elitch’s Getting Out of Your Own Way: A Multitude of Subtleties

Dave Elitch is not happy with all the false prophets out there. And with his new, super in-depth instructional course, he’s on a mission to tell all who will listen how to really take their drumming to the next level.…

by Ilya Stemkovsky
Dec 27, 2018

Bobby Z of the Revolution

No one could ever replace a musician as iconic as Prince. What we still can do, however, is celebrate his life and work with the musicians who helped make him who he was in the first place.

Story by Billy Amendola
Dec 27, 2018
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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

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