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March 2021 – Volume 45 • Number 3

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Articles in March 2021

From the Archives - Elvin Jones

The December 1984 Interview What would Elvin Jones’ drums say if they could talk? How would they describe their relationship with Elvin? Would they speak fondly of the times they have been caressed by their master—the times he has used…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali

(November 14, 1951–August 20, 2020) Frankie Banali was born in Queens, New York, to Italian immigrants Jack and Martha Banali. In 1975, he moved to Los Angeles, where he spent years honing his craft with many bands on the local…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Gretsch, 64 Audio, DW, Malletech, Dust Palace, Craviotto

Gretsch Renown 57 Silver Oyster Pearl Drumset In 2011, Gretsch introduced the special-edition Renown 57 drumset, which had a unique look borrowed from classic car colors and the chevron logo. Ten years later, the company revived the series for a…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Trixon: Reborn!

This vintage white marine pearl Trixon kit comes to us from Chicago-based reader Jim Murray, who explains that the set was custom-built for him by superior craftsman Bain Creasy, of Huntington, WV, who has been restoring drums for over fifty…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Reset, Reflect, and Revive

Welcome to the March 2021 issue of Modern Drummer. Historically, this is the issue that we create and ship to the annual Winter NAMM Show. Like pretty much every live event planned for 2020 and beyond, however, the in-person 2021…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021
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ASBA - Rive Gauche Shell Pack and 6.5x14 Snare

The Legendary French Brand Makes a Brilliant Resurgence Maison ASBA was founded in 1927 near Paris, France, by Alfred Boudard, a musician and inventor. ASBA is an acronym for Alfred and Simone Boudard Accessories. The company initially focused on instrument…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Practice Like a Pro

How to Maximize Your Time Behind the Kit The purpose of the article is to share some helpful practice tips that I’ve picked up over the years. These ideas work amazingly well when you’re learning new material for a gig.…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Malletech - SP2 and SP3 Scholastic Packs

Build a proper stick/mallet collection with theseselections of core essentials. Malletech is one of the most respected and creative keyboard instrument and mallet manufacturers in the world. It is owned and operated by marimba virtuoso Leigh Howard Stevens. Stevens not…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

JR Robinson

Always Ahead of the Curve and Deep Inside the Pocket These days, with all the insanity surrounding us and COVID-19 impacting every facet of our lives, it’s a wonder how anyone can keep focus on creative pursuits. Not only maintaining…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Creative Fills

Stepping Up Without Stepping On the Song “When doing fills around the drumset, the most important thing is the inner clock and that you’re relaxed,” says legendary session drummer John “JR” Robinson while filming a course for DrumChannel.com. “But also,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 25, 2021

Scott Kettner

Photo by: Carolina Mama The NYC-based drummer/percussionist has made the best of the craziness of 2020, releasing a new album with his band Nation Beat (The Royal Chase), publishing a new method book on samba drumming (Maracatu for Drumset and…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Gene Hoglan

The Man, the Machine, the Atomic Clock Gene Hoglan has been raising the bar in extreme metal drumming for decades. The list of iconic metal bands he’s played with is ridiculous: Death, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Dark Angel, Old Man’s…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021
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CRITIQUE

RECORDINGS Oz Noy Snapdragon The exploratory guitarist and composer calls upon three drumming legends to cultivate this colorful crop of groovy, multicultural material. This smorgasbord of styles and sounds on Oz Noy’s Snapdragon—jazz, R&B, funk, rock, Latin, boogaloo—provides a bounty…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Table of Time

A Classic Exercise for Dexterity and Control This month’s Strictly Technique column features an excerpt from legendary jazz drummer/educator Joe Morello’s classic book Master Studies, called “Table of Time.” This exercise will help your development of the single-stroke roll, and…

Modern Drummer
Feb 2, 2021

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

The Bun E. Carlos Collection A few of Bun E.’s Ludwig bass drums. Over the last three decades, Bun E. Carlos assembled one of the largest and most renowned collections of Ludwig drums in the world, with over 200 snares…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

What are your drumming resolutions for 2021?

Develop my feel, deepen my pocket, and continue composing.Andrew Romanowski This year I hope to finally finish writing my first book!Andy Thurston Better timingandredurandofficial To make way more drums and to supply as many artists with drums as possiblepauledrums Practice…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

I’ve learned probably the most from bass players -Tony Williams

Drummers have to work closely with bassists, and I’ve been trying to understand bass players. It’s not just playing your instrument, getting off on how good you are alone. It’s also seeing how well you can apply yourself to other…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Vinnie Colaiuta on Bromberg Plays Hendrix, Session Work, Retirement, and More

Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix passed away fifty years ago. This seems unimaginable, as his music, message, and influence are just as powerful and relevant today as they were during his few short years leading a musical revolution for freedom of…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021
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Canopus - 4x14 Solid Bronze Snare Drum

A slim but ultra-thick drum with unthinkable sonic prowess. Tokyo-based company Canopus, one of the world’s premier custom drum makers, prides itself on crafting some of the finest instruments on the planet. Over the years, we’ve tested many Canopus snare…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

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