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November 2020 Issue – Volume 44 • Number 11

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Articles in November 2020

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Nick D’Virgilio - An Invisible Touch

The prog-drumming vet may have recently scored a sweet new corporate gig, but he hasn’t stopped making music by any means—in fact, he’s cleverly put the two aspects of his life together, in the process making his career troubles disappear.…

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Oct 1, 2020
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Aynsley Dunbar

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Jeff Beck in the 1960s. Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and Journey in the 1970s. Starship and Whitesnake in the ’80s. Any rock aficionado will recognize the legendary status of these artists. The connection between them? This…

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Oct 1, 2020
Strictly Technique

Stick Technique Revisited

Part 5: The Moeller Whip Stroke The Moeller whip stroke is named after Sanford “Gus” Moeller, a famous teacher from the early 1900s who became known for teaching a whipping motion used by Civil War drummers. In recent years, “Moeller”…

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Oct 1, 2020
First Person

Zigaboo Modeliste on “Cissy Strut”

The Meters’ Funk Master Shares the Essence to Nailing This Timeless Two-Hand Hi-Hat Groove “‘Cissy Strut’ is a song that was written by Leo Nocentelli, and he was very good at writing rhythms,” said Zigaboo Modeliste in an online course…

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Oct 1, 2020
Back Through The Stack

March 1983

I was with Keith Moon the night before he died. We went to the premiere of a Buddy Holly film. There was a reception and we were talking with Paul McCartney and he said, “I’ve got this idea and I…

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Oct 1, 2020
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In Memoriam

Jimmy Cobb 1929–2020

“It just sounded good,” Jimmy Cobb told MD in a 1979 interview. “And it just seemed to get better as it got older.” This is a colossal understatement. The “good” album the humble drummer is referring to is Kind of…

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Oct 1, 2020
Kit of the Month

Maximal Sounds from Minimal Sources

Drummer Ben Bigelow had two of his musical passions in mind when he designed this ultra-modern hybrid setup. “I’m a big fan of jazz and ambient music,” says drummer Ben Bigelow, “and this kit is an attempt to blend the…

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Oct 1, 2020
From The Past

Barrett Deems

The Self-Proclaimed “World’s Fastest Drummer” This month I’d like to talk about the great Barrett Deems. Barrett wasn’t as much of a household name in the big band world as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, or Louie Bellson, but he was…

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Oct 1, 2020
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Matt Cameron and Dale Crover

The Pearl Jam and Melvins drummers are but two of the rhythmatists tapped for Plan D, a multipart project helmed by studio scientist Toshi Kasai on which drums and analog synths combine to form a joyful noise. Los Angeles–based producer…

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Oct 1, 2020
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Rogers USA - Covington Series Drums

A faithful reproduction of the mid-century originals with a fewwelcome upgrades. Rogers is one of the oldest names in American drum manufacturing. Joseph Rogers founded the company in 1849 to make drumheads, but in the 1930s his son steered the…

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Oct 1, 2020
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Kevin Parker’s Approach to Tame Impala’s Drum Production

In the new age of music, very few artists, producers, or performers can truly stand out and make an impact with what they do and the emotions they divulge. Packing a powerful psychedelic space-pop sound, Tame Impala has united and…

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Oct 1, 2020
Reasons To Love

9 Reasons to Love Narada Michael Walden

One of the most successful record producers of the recent past is also among classic fusion’s most blazing drummers. Parallel with his ’70s career as successful producer and solo R&B artist, Narada Michael Walden was arguably the most emotional fusion…

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Oct 1, 2020
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Jerry Granelli

It’s hard to think of another drummer who’s found more success making music in such disparate situations. Yet, always, he’s done things his way. More than a classic soundtrack, it’s a seasonal institution. The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s jazz score to…

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Oct 1, 2020
Retailer Profile

Resurrection Drums

Hollywood, Florida Resurrection Drums was founded in 1982. Originally located in a warehouse by the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida, the company literally focused on resurrecting quality used drums. In 1983 Resurrection moved to a location in…

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Oct 1, 2020
On the Cover

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker

Though Kevin Parker has handled pretty much every task on Tame Impala’s recordings since the earliest days, he’s always considered himself a drummer first. And getting the drums just so has always been Parker’s main objective even as his processes…

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Oct 1, 2020
Off The Record

Remembering Neil Peart

Part 3: The Professor’s Improvised Warm-Up Routine When Neil Peart came up with a series of topics to cover for his course on DrumChannel.com, he said he wanted to include his warm-up routine. I expected it to be a series…

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Oct 1, 2020
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Who’s Your Newest Favorite Drummer?

Stella Mozgawa By Robin Laananen Stella Mozgawa .Milan Brau George Daniel from the 1975.Rod Scherger Samus Paulicelli .Isaac Mc Conkey For the complete package of sounds and personality, I have to go with Aaron Sterling. Saw him live with John…

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Oct 1, 2020
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Gruv Gear - Stadium and QUIVR Gig Bags

Supreme quality and contemporary design with a multitude of features for the modern touring musician. Many of today’s drummers are not only required to bring acoustic drums, cymbals, hardware, and sticks to the gig, but they also have to cart…

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Oct 1, 2020
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The Earth Is a Drum

A Grammy-winning, world-traveling producer makes the case for looking beyond technology and academia for rhythmic and musical inspiration. A sage, veteran live-sound engineer in San Francisco used to joke that he could already tell how much a drummer was going…

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Oct 1, 2020
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