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Articles in September 2017

Equipment

Tesla’s Troy Luccketta

“Back in 1987, when I first signed with Tama, I wasn’t all that familiar with their drums,” says Troy Luccketta, who this year celebrates thirty years of touring with the veteran hard-rock band Tesla. “What Tama has done over the…

Interview and photos by Sayre Berman
Jul 26, 2017
Critique

New releases by Adam Deitch, Man Forever, and Nate Smith

RECORDINGS Taking the Reins Man Forever Play What They Want With his latest drum project, Oneida’s John Colpitts, aka Kid Millions, trashes musical labels while thrashing his kit. Aided by contributions from the percussion ensemble Tigue and avant-garde icon Laurie…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2017
Equipment

V-Classic - V.16 5th-Anniversary Cymbals

Funky new designs from one of Turkey’s most creative companies.

by Michael Dawson
Jul 26, 2017
Features

Live and Learn: A Health Insurance Primer for Musicians

With all of the uncertainty surrounding how federal and state governments will be approaching health care law in the future, it’s tempting to throw up your hands and shout, Wake me up when the dust settles! Unfortunately, the vast majority…

by Kim Kicks
Jul 26, 2017
New and Notable

New Gear from Tama, AHEAD, OCDP, TRX, 101 Drums and more!

Tama Starclassic Bubinga Exotix Tigerwood Drumkits Starclassic Bubinga drumsets are now available with exotic wood finishes, Crimson Tigerwood Fade and Midnight Tigerwood Fade. The shells are made slightly thicker than those in the Starclassic Maple series to provide an aggressive…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2017
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Features

On Topic: R&B Legend James Gadson

On Knowing When the Vibe Is Right It’s a feeling that comes over you. Everybody’s on the same wavelength. Before click tracks, the music really breathed. Pro Tools is cool, but it’s not as true as analog. On Starting Out…

Interview by Bob Girouard | Photo by Derek McCoy
Jul 26, 2017
Features

10 Reasons to Love Bev Bevan

There likely weren’t many impassioned “Where’s Bev?” cries at the several dozen shows Electric Light Orchestra founder Jeff Lynne performed as “Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O.” during 2015 and 2016, and that’s understandable. Though longtime drummer Bev Bevan formed the Electric Light…

by Patrick Berkery
Jul 26, 2017
Equipment

Doc Sweeney - Serengeti Stave-Shell Drumset

A dual-species stave-shell kit with dark overtones, depth, and power.

by Miguel Monroy
Jul 26, 2017
Departments

Custom Craviotto

German drummer, composer, and producer Konstantin Septinus is the proud owner of this handcrafted 2014 maple Craviotto drumset. The kit includes 10" and 12" toms and an 18" bass drum, as well as a special-edition solid cherry snare. “The snare…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2017
Features

Dams of the West’s Gabriela Jimeno and Chris Tomson

Roles flip, as the drummer for the indie-rock hitmakers Vampire Weekend steps out from behind the kit to front his own project while recruiting an established solo artist, frontwoman, and drummer to handle his grooves live. The New York–based, world-music-influenced…

Story by Willie Rose | Photos by Alex Solca
Jul 26, 2017
Equipment

Love Custom Drums - Brass, Copper, and Old Steel Snares

Versatile but unique shades of awesome at prices a working drummer can afford.

by Michael Dawson
Jul 26, 2017
Departments

Favorite Steve Smith Track?

Since the mid-’70s, Steve Smith’s drumming has enhanced a wide range of albums within the rock, jazz, and fusion genres. Classic hits, jazz-fusion escapades, and even Indian-influenced pursuits adorn the drummer’s discography with artists such as Journey, Jean-Luc Ponty, and…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2017
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Departments

Barry “Frosty” Smith Passes, D’Addario Awards Six Grants, Roland Announces New Partnership and More

Barry “Frosty” Smith Passes Barry “Frosty” Smith died this past April 12. The drummer, known by many for his work with the popular soul-rock organist and singer Lee Michaels, worked in multiple genres since the late 1960s, and his devotees…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2017
Education

Rhythmic Conversions

Part 4: Swinging the Half-Note Triplet

by Steve Fidyk
Jul 26, 2017
Departments

Willie Jones III on Gerald Cannon’s Combinations

A jazz drummer and producer burns on a longstanding musical partner’s sophomore effort as a leader.

by Jeff Potter
Jul 26, 2017
An Editor's Overview

Your Voice

Each month, as we prepare content for the current issue of Modern Drummer, we post a drumming-related question at our online outlets, sort through responses from MD readers and social media followers, and print some of the answers in our…

by Willie Rose
Jul 26, 2017
Departments

Dale’s Drum Shop

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

IInterview by Patrick Berkery | Photos by Victor Crespin
Jul 26, 2017
Education

A New Realm of Groove

Quintuplet Applications

by Aaron Edgar
Jul 26, 2017
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