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October 2017 Issue – Volume 41 • Number 10

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Articles in October 2017

Jazz in the 21st Century

Many scholars argue that jazz, which was first documented on record one hundred years ago by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, is America’s greatest musical gift to the world. I couldn’t agree more. I mean, what other art form encapsulates…

by Mike Dawson
Aug 30, 2017

Hired Gun

A new music documentary pushes some of the world’s greatest freelancers—including many of our favorite drummers—“out of the shadows and into the spotlight.”

by Billy Amendola
Aug 30, 2017

Paiste - Masters Thin Series

Broad, rich tones with a sparkling, silvery attack.

by Michael Dawson
Aug 30, 2017

Custom-Shop Chops

This one-of-a-kind kit comes to us from New York City–based drummer Adam Romanowski, who commissioned a budding drum builder for the set in 2003. “My friend Ilya Hamovic started making drums after a short stint working at Manny’s Music in…

Modern Drummer
Aug 30, 2017

Odd Groupings in Four-Bar Phrases

Trading Fours With Threes, Fives, and Sevens

by Joel Rothman
Aug 30, 2017
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Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth

Since forming in 2009 while the members attended the Berklee College of Music, the group known as Bent Knee has released several records and done extensive touring, including a string of European dates last summer followed by opening slots on…

by Ilya Stemkovsky
Aug 30, 2017

A New Perspective

Displacing Four-Over-Three Polyrhythms

by Aaron Edgar
Aug 30, 2017

John Blackwell Jr., Kim Plainfield, Sweetwater Gearfest, Vic Firth and more!

Dweezil Zappa performs at the close of day one in the Sweetwater pavilion. Sweetwater GearFest 2017 Draws Record Crowds and Sales The 2017 edition of music retailer Sweetwater’s GearFest trade show and festival was held this past June at the…

Modern Drummer
Aug 30, 2017

Tammy Glover of Thorcraft Cobra

Changing up my gear keeps me inspired. That said, I’ve been using my dad’s vintage 1953 Gretsch red sparkle on recordings since the ’90s. Initially it was a three-piece kit with a 16x22 kick, a 6x14 snare, a 10x13 rack…

Modern Drummer
Aug 30, 2017

Fishbone’s Philip “Fish” Fisher

Philip “Fish” Fisher recently returned to legendary ska/funk/punk band Fishbone after a sixteen-year hiatus, during which time the drummer played with Justin Timberlake, House of Pain, Lady Antebellum, and Christina Aguilera. Fish stepped back into the band for a tour…

Interview by Dave Previ | Photos by Heather Courtney
Aug 30, 2017

Tucker Rule

The seasoned basher reunites with Thursday, backs a British boy band, drives the bus for Yellowcard, and releases a solid new sample library.

Story by Ben Meyer | Photos By John Fell
Aug 30, 2017

Outlaw Drums - Heritage Series Snares

More than 150 years of American history commemorated in reclaimed heart pine snares.

by Brian Hill
Aug 30, 2017
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Tony Williams’ Concepts

Developing Tension and Release

by Matt Fisher
Aug 30, 2017

Video Interview with Buddy Rich Writer and Arranger John LaBarbera!

John LaBarbera is a Grammy-nominated composer and arranger whose works have been recorded and performed for nearly fifty years by many of the top artists of jazz, including Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Bill Watrous, Phil Woods,…

Video and Text by Miguel Monroy
Aug 30, 2017

The 2017 Chicago Drum Show

A weekend of rhythmic bliss replete with vintage and modern gear, enlightening workshops, and brilliant performances.

Story and photos by Robert Campbell
Aug 30, 2017

Charlie Hall on the War on Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding

While several drummers pave an unwavering groove foundation on the popular indie group’s new release, its main kit man contributes on multiple levels.

by Willie Rose
Aug 30, 2017

50 Crucial Jazz Drumming Recordings

A hundred years. It’s a wonder to think that’s how long people have holed themselves away with their Victrolas, hi-fis, iPods, and Google Homes, listening intently to the wondrous music that four generations’ worth of jazz drummers have gifted humankind.…

Modern Drummer
Aug 30, 2017

Buddy Rich: A Timeline

No player in history could so confidently—and inarguably—wear the title of “the world’s greatest drummer.” Buddy Rich was simply a phenomenon, astounding vaudeville audiences in the late 1910s and early ’20s, well before most children began their conventional schooling. Indeed,…

Modern Drummer
Aug 30, 2017

2Box - DrumIt Five Module and TrigIt Triggers

A plug-and-play trigger system with 4 GB of flash memory for uploading original sounds.

by Michael Dawson
Aug 30, 2017
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New gear from Yamaha, SlapKlatz, Vater, British Drum Co., Overtone Labs and Tama!

Yamaha Tour Custom Maple Drumset Suitable for recording and live playing, Tour Custom Maple drumsets are constructed with 6-ply maple shells using the company’s proprietary staggered, diagonal-seam shell construction. Additional features include 2.3mm inverted Dyna Hoops that help focus the…

Modern Drummer
Aug 30, 2017

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