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November 1983 – Volume 7 • Number 11

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Articles in November 1983

Rufus "Speedy" Jones

Jazz has often been called the true American classical music, finding its most immediate roots in the blues. Although the blues sang out against physical hardship and mental depression, its simple, haunting rhythms would most always convey a jubilance and…

by Robert Barnelle
Jan 18, 2018

Def Leppard's Rick Allen

Rick Allen carefully studies his hands, which are blistered already, just a few days into Def Leppard's tour with Billy Squier. "Yeah, I've often thought about it," he says, examining one especially calloused finger, "how playing the drums has totally…

by Phillip Bashe
Jan 18, 2018

Alan Schwartzberg

BB: Where and when did you first hear drums? AS: I was ten years old and on my way home from school in the Bronx. I passed a house and heard a drummer playing a Gene Krupa/Cozy Cole-like solo. I…

by Bobby Bank
Jan 18, 2018

Sandy Nelson

For those who grew up in the '60s, Sandy Nelson needs little introduction. Those who are not familiar with him should find someone who has one or 35 of Sandy's albums and start listening! One of the few drummers to…

by Robyn Flans
Jan 18, 2018

November 1983 - Volume 7 • Number 11

Phil Collins, Ndugu Chancler, Joe LaBarbera, Rick Allen, Sandy Nelson, Roger Hawkins, Bill Bruford, Les DeMerle, Neil Peart

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 1983
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Leon “Ndugu” Chancler

  The great drummer, known for his work with Santana, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, and Michael Jackson, among many others, passed away on February 3. This interview originally ran in the November 1983 issue of Modern Drummer. Ndugu. The name…

by Robin Tolleson
Jan 18, 2018

A Beat Study

The following musical examples comprise what I term a "beat study." It is by no means exhaustive (every possible variation), but simply presents related time feels. Bar 1 is the pattern on which all the others are based. The focus…

by David Garibaldi
Jan 18, 2018

Joe LaBarbera — Goal Achiever

Sometimes, jazz just seems to run in the family. There are the Joneses (Hank, Thad and Elvin), Chuck and Gap Mangione, Tootie, Percy and Jimmy Heath, the Brecker Brothers, the Brubecks (Dave, Darius, Chris and Danny), and the LaBarberas—saxophonist Pat,…

by Katherine Alleyne & Judith Sullivan McIntosh
Jan 18, 2018

Mel Lewis "Tiptoe"

From Consummation, by the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra.

by Chuck Kerrigan
Jan 18, 2018

Rufus "Speedy" Jones

Jazz has often been called the true American classical music, finding its most immediate roots in the blues. Although the blues sang out against physical hardship and mental depression, its simple, haunting rhythms would most always convey a jubilance and…

by Robert Barnelle
Jan 18, 2018

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