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Articles in January 2021

Education

Todd Sucherman - A Smattering of Hits Outside the Prog-Rock Sphere of Styx

Todd Sucherman is one of the modern greats of the drumset. His powerfully precise drumming has been driving the legendary prog-rock band Styx for a quarter century and is still going strong. Todd’s versatility also finds him in great demand…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
On the Cover

Steve Jordan

Photo by Antoine Sanfuentes He’s brought a timeless elegance to some of the heaviest recordings of the past five decades. Now, in a setting featuring just one other musical compadre, he’s handed us a near-perfect sampler of his many drumming…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Critique

CRITIQUE

RECORDINGS Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic, and Damu the Fudgemunk Ocean Bridges A delightfully swinging hip-hop-meets-jazz excursion that sounds composed yet is completely improvised. Ocean Bridges features tenor great Archie Shepp; his nephew, rapper Raw Poetic; and Earl “Damu the Fudgemunk”…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Features

Stan Lynch

It’s been thirty years since he recorded with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But for many drummers, his playing defines the late rocker’s greatest work. Now all those fans have got good reason to celebrate. If you’re having difficulty remembering…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
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Features

Savannah Harris

She’s all over the jazz, avant-garde, and crossover scenes, playing gigs with everyone from stately ambassadors like Kenny Barron to the fierce hip-hop collective Standing on the Corner. Here the drummer discusses her ideas about playing and composing—including how kindness…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Features

Justin Tyson

Savannah Harris, who we profile elsewhere in this issue, sits with the remarkably daring drummer, who’s commanded our attention with Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, and so many other movers and shakers. Among the things we discover? Sometimes it’s about more…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Departments

Single-Headed Toms: Cool or Not?

Very cool, bring them back!Lorenzo Rosmini I greatly prefer single-headed drums.Pete Wilson They provide that classic bark!@welafever The coolest!Pete Bultitude I’m adding 8", 10", and 12" concert toms to add some high-end crack to my 13", 16", and 18" double-headed…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Features

Daru Jones

We last heard from him when he was backing Jack White, a rock icon with a deep appreciation for hip-hop. The drummer’s latest project is pure beats-n-rhymes, with a rock-hard soul. For certain drummers, it’s all about playing with a…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
An Editor's Overview

Be a Dreamer, and Don’t Stop Believing

I hope all is as well as can be for you in these still uncertain times. Since my last editorial, the world has gone a bit nutty, and we’ve all been going through some changes, frustrations, and fears. We all…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Concepts

Individuality

Part 1: Where Did It Go? Individuality is defined as the unique characteristics and traits that make someone or something one of a kind. I thought a discussion about being yourself was important to bring up, and I will be…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
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Bookings

Liberty DeVitto’s Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness

When conversations turn to great drummers of the classic-rock era, Liberty DeVitto’s name is invariably near the top of the list. After appearing on the scene in the mid-’70s, the New York native began a thirty-year stint with pop icon…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Equipment

Doc Sweeney - Pure Series Snare Drums

Three solid-shell snares designed to let the timber speak for itself. The last time we checked in with Rancho Santa Fe, California–based boutique brand Doc Sweeney was in the May 2020 issue, when we reviewed the gorgeous 1920s-inspired Classic series…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Features

Bill Bruford

Part 2: The Go Between While some of his peers from the ’70s were content to rest on their laurels, our man never settled for settling down. Moreover, not only did his appetite for new sensations push his drumming into…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
First Person

Terry Bozzio Interviews Nick Mason of Pink Floyd

“Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” This month we have an excerpt of a special interview between legendary progressive drummer and composer Terry Bozzio and rock icon Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. The questions came in from…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Equipment

DW, DrēmTrigger, Gibraltar, RTOM and more

DW Design Series Additions These drums are offered in standard five-piece configurations with three add-ons: a 7x8 rack tom, and 12x14 and 16x18 floor toms. The shells are said to sound full, resonant, and responsive. Features include True-Pitch tension rods,…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Education

In the Studio with Wes Little

A New York transplant cranking away in Nashville Wes Little moved from New York City to Nashville in 2008. In NYC he attended the Manhattan School of Music to study jazz and performed regularly with several different bands, including Confrontation…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Get on the Good Foot!

Part 3: Hi-Hat Comping in 5/4 Welcome to the third and final part of our lesson on hi-hat comping. This article explores hi-hat rhythm variations in 5/4. The phrases included are intended to help develop dynamic balance between your hi-hat…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020
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