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October 2018 Issue – Volume 42 • Number 10

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Articles in October 2018

Features

Kendrick Lamar’s Tony “Rico” Nichols

Perpetually relaxed, and seemingly never breaking a sweat, Rico Nichols plays a once-in-a-lifetime mega gig with a broad pocket, enviable self-composure, and a nimble touch that can alternately be described as creamy, mellow, and deep. Born and raised in Chicago,…

Story by Ken Micallef | Photos by Alex Solca
Aug 29, 2018
Equipment

Canopus - Hybrid Series Hardware

This new line provides strength and stability with significantly less heft.

by Kyle Andrews
Aug 29, 2018
Basics

Essential Sight-Reading

Playing Charts at First Glance

by Joel Rothman
Aug 29, 2018
Features

Lamb of God’s Chris Adler

Legion: XX (pronounced “legion twenty”) commemorates the twentieth anniversary of Lamb of God’s first album release. As most metal fans are aware, that original album was actually the self-titled debut of Burn the Priest; drummer Chris Adler, bassist John Campbell,…

Story by Ben Meyer | Photos by Alex Solca
Aug 29, 2018
Features

Slayer’s Final World Tour

FivePoint Amphitheater, Irvine, California, May 11, 2018

Photos by Alex Solca
Aug 29, 2018
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Education

Kicked-Up Bell Patterns

A Unique Approach to Double Bass Phrases

Article by Chris Dovas | Photo by Carl Frederick
Aug 29, 2018
Equipment

Train’s Drew Shoals

Train’s Drew Shoals played two different kits this past summer to highlight Ludwig’s 45th Anniversary Vistalite series. Both the Green Sparkle set he used at the start of the tour and the Tri-Band Black one shown here were ideal for…

Interview by Brandy Laurel McKenzie | Photos by Brady Hartman
Aug 29, 2018
An Editor's Overview

Pre-Gig Calibration

Photo by John Leiby Being an employable drummer in 2018 carries more demands than it did in 1918, especially when it comes to melding live performances with the variety of A/V technology being used by most pop, rock, and R&B…

by Michael Dawson
Aug 29, 2018
Backbeats

Industry Happenings, Who's Playing What, and more

Photo by John Abott Jazz Drummer and Composer Matt Wilson Awarded Two 2018 Jazz Journalists Association Honors The Jazz Journalists Association, an international professional organization of writers, photographers, broadcasters, videographers, and new media content providers, recently honored New York–based jazz…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2018
Education

Tooling with Perspectives

Shifting Feel in Real-World Settings

by Aaron Edgar
Aug 29, 2018
Education

Al Foster on “Ev’rything I Love”

Analyzing the Jazz Great’s Eights

by Jordan Young
Aug 29, 2018
Features

From the Track to the Stage: Breathing Life into a Recording

Music creation has changed greatly since the days when musicians mostly tracked live in a studio. Because modern technology allows for a self-contained process of making music, it’s common for songs to be created in a home studio using very…

by Kristen Gleeson-Prata
Aug 29, 2018
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Features

Damian Marley‘s Courtney “Bam“ Diedrick

(Featured Image by Francesco  Sciolti) Courtney “Bam” Diedrick grew up in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, Jamaica, only a few miles from the birthplace of Bob Marley, the leader of the Wailers, reggae’s most iconic band. Diedrick couldn’t have imagined that…

By Robin Tolleson
Aug 29, 2018
Education

Drumset Ergonomics - Part 4: Snare and Floor Tom Positioning

If you’ve been applying the concepts we’ve discussed so far in this series, you should now be seated comfortably at your kit, with the throne and pedals placed so that your hips and back are in the safest possible positions.…

by Brandon Green
Aug 29, 2018
Departments

John “Jabo” Starks: 1938-2018

“He had that ‘stop-your-heart’ groove.” That’s how Fred Wesley, former bandleader for the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, describes the drumming of John Starks, who died this past May 1 at the age of seventy-nine. And the description is apt.…

by Jim Payne
Aug 29, 2018
Critique

Jonathan Barber, Kobie Watkins Grouptet, Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band, Jack DeJohnette, and more!

RECORDING Taking the Reins Photo by Gulnara Khamatova Jonathan Barber VisionAhead The debut recording from the top Up & Coming drummer in this year’s Readers Poll isn’t your typical young-gun-goes-for-the-jugular release. Jonathan Barber’s feel is light and propulsive. You can…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2018
Departments

The “Bam Bam” Kit

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based drummer Patrick “Pattycake” Morris custom ordered this 3.1 mm aluminum-shell drumset from Trick Drums. The kit features a unique pine-tree wrap, which the drummer specifically requested from the manufacturer. “My idea for the kit came from being…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2018
Departments

Perfect Beings’ Sean Reinert

Sean Reinert made his name drumming up a storm with experimental death metal bands Death and Cynic—playing with fire, precision, and a serious level of technical facility. Last year Sean joined forces with progressive rock/pop group Perfect Beings, after they…

Interview by Ilya Stemkovsky | Photo by Thomas Snyder/Fantomphoto
Aug 29, 2018
Departments

Remembering Pat Torpey, Learning to Read Music, the 1978 Issue, Roy Burns, and Dropped Beats

Remembering Pat Torpey Thank you for your article on the Nashville Drummers Jam tribute to the late Pat Torpey . For the longest time I felt like I was the only drummer who considered Pat to be a huge influence.…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2018
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