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July 2020 Issue – Volume 44 • Number 7

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Articles in July 2020

Papa Jo Jones

The Father of Modern Jazz Drumming Papa Jo Jones was the epitome of swing, from his very early days with the Count Basie band in the ’30s until he passed away in 1985. His style, grace, and incredibly musical approach…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2020

Neil Peart

“La Villa Strangiato” from Hemispheres We transcribed a ton of classic Neil Peart parts in our May 2020 tribute issue to Rush’s legendary drummer. One song we left out, however, was the instrumental tour de force “La Villa Strangiato” from…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2020

Stick Technique Revisited

Part 1: Matched Grip Matched grip simply means that the hands hold the sticks in a mirror image of one another. There are important variations within matched grip, however, both in terms of the hand angles and fulcrums (pivot points)…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2020

What do you know about ...? Del Blake

Sammy Davis Jr. proclaimed during a high-profile concert at Carnegie Hall that Del Blake, at age twenty-seven, was “the greatest drummer in the world.” This, while the famous entertainer was on tour with Buddy Rich. Friend, coworker, and fellow drummer…

by Stephen Boudreaux
Jun 2, 2020

Yussef Dayes

The U.K.-based drummer and producer is making a name for himself on the modern-jazz scene, and he’s fine being referred to as a jazz drummer. Just don’t box him in. Yussef Dayes’ father came from Jamaica to New York in…

by Ilya Stemkovsky
Jun 2, 2020
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Clear Tune Monitors AS-7 Universal Fit In-Ears

A professional-level, seven-driver option for drummers. Clear Tune Monitors is a Florida-based in-ear manufacturer that focuses on providing precise sound for performing musicians, audio engineers, and general music listeners alike. CTM offers a wide array of products, from high-end custom…

Michael Dawson
Jun 1, 2020

Displaced Paradiddles

A Progressive, Grid-Based Approach to Developing Modern Licks from an Ancient Rudiment One of the most common ways to practice displacing rhythms so that they start on different partials of the beat is by applying them to the grid, which…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2020

Matt Chamberlain

I like the idea of being influenced by one thing while you’re playing something totally unrelated. Maybe on your drive to a session with a singer-songwriter, an N.W.A. song comes up on the radio and influences you to try some…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2020

Gretsch USA 5x14 and 6.5x14 Black Copper Snare Drums

Stealthy-looking, bold-sounding offerings from one of America’s most treasured brands. The Gretsch company has been producing world-class drums since 1883, which precedes the birth of the modern drumset by several decades. With such rich history comes great responsibility, and over…

Michael Dawson
Jun 1, 2020

Ali Jackson Jr.: Groove du Jour

For ten-plus years he was the drummer for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the New York institution fronted by iconic trumpet player Wynton Marsalis. Recently he took the enormous well of experience he got from that gig and others,…

by Drew Schultz
Jun 2, 2020

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

Carmine Appice’s 1976 Realistic Rock Drumset Welcome to the first installment of “Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault.” As a dealer and collector of rare and vintage drums, I’ve had the good fortune to work with many of the greatest drummers of…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2020

Gerry Gibbs

His recent performance video may be untitled, but from a drummer’s standpoint, it’s saying a lot. Gerry Gibbs pays the bills playing various forms of jazz, and has swung his proverbial behind off with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and other…

Ilya Stemkovsky
Jun 1, 2020
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Making Simple Ideas Extraordinary

Modern Pop/R&B Great Aaron Spears on How to Milk the Most from Basic Quarter Notes “Drums are an extension of who you are,” says modern pop/R&B great Aaron Spears in a recent video lesson for DrumChannel.com. “The way you play…

Modern Drummer
Jun 2, 2020

When in Doubt…

I have no idea why, but as I sat here staring at a blank Word document, contemplating which angle to take for this month’s overview, the title of progressive drumming great Bill Bruford’s out-of-print transcription book, When in Doubt, Roll!,…

by Michael Dawson
Jun 1, 2020

Corky Laing

His new album reminds us why we loved him with Mountain all those years ago, and why we love him still. Photo by Diana Loana Bobes Throughout his legendary, five-decades-long career, Corky Laing’s energy has defied logic. The man might…

By Bob Girouard
Jun 3, 2020

Meinl Artist Concept Deep Hats and Bullet Stack

Warmer and more controllable, but still fast and trashy. We reviewed Meinl’s new 8" Benny Greb Crasher hi-hats and the aggressive 18" Thomas Lang Super Stack a few issues back. This month, we’re going to take a look at two…

Michael Dawson
Jun 1, 2020

Bill Lordan’s From the Basement to the Coliseum

Those of us drummers who were raised during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s and who came up locally playing in multiple bands at a time were dubbed “journeymen.” We’d play with rock, funk, and blues bands, country singers, jazz players—and…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2020

Bauhaus’s Kevin Haskins

Drummer Kevin Haskins of iconic goth-rock band Bauhaus got interested in music as a teenager in the late ’70s, when his brother took him to a punk-rock festival in the basement of the 100 Club in London. The headlining band…

John Martinez
Jun 1, 2020

Lamb of God’s Art Cruz

Twenty-five years in, the iron-jawed Virginia metallers and their new drummer release their tenth, self-titled LP, a sonic exclamation point that poignantly and ferociously punctuates the present moment. In 2018, Art Cruz played his first shows with Lamb of God,…

by David Ciauro
Jun 1, 2020
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Liberty One Mount-All Rack

A simple, modular option for creating compact, custom auxiliary percussion stations. Liberty One is the in-house brand of top percussion retailer Steve Weiss that was created to provide quality products at affordable price points for students and professional drummers and…

Michael Dawson
Jun 1, 2020

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