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Jacco Gardner on the Making of Hypnophobia

by Adam Budofsky Jacco Gardner is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist whose music will appeal to fans of early British pastoral prog-pop, like the Zombies and Soft Machine, as well as more recent acts like the Australian neo-psych group Tame Impala and…

Modern Drummer
May 29, 2015

Album Review: Dave Stryker’s Messin’ With Mister T

Marvelous guitarist Dave Stryker pays tribute to Stanley Turrentine, the late great tenor saxophonist who served up jazz with heaps of blues ’n’ soul. As a former decade-long “Mister T” sideman, Stryker’s an authority. Each of the ten tracks features…

Modern Drummer
May 22, 2015

News: Drummer Han Bennink and Holland’s ICP Orchestra Celebrate Recent CD, East of the Sun, With US Tour

World-renowned Amsterdam-based Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra and famed experimental drummer Han Bennink are celebrating the release of their recent CD, East of the Sun, with a thirteen-date US tour starting May 2, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. Information about the…

Modern Drummer
Apr 6, 2015

Win a pair of signed Vic Firth drumsticks from Dirty Heads drummer Matt Ochoa, plus a signed vinyl copy of the Sound of Change

Due to a database error, The Dirty Heads contest has been extended until June 10th, 2015. Everyone who entered previously will need to reenter this contest for a change to win.   Register now to win a pair of signed…

Modern Drummer
Mar 27, 2015

Album Review: Nerve Live in Europe

Following a series of studio EPs that continued to expand and refine an electronic style executed by humans, Jojo Mayer and Nerve return with a much-anticipated album of performances captured during a 2014 European tour. The music is beautifully recorded,…

Modern Drummer
Mar 3, 2015

Album Review: Anton Times Two

A pair of recent recordings, Eric Johnson and Mike Stern’s Eclectic and Joe Bonamassa’s Different Shades of Blue, reveal what Late Show drummer Anton Fig is up to when he’s away from the TV cameras—namely, making some famous guitar slingers…

Modern Drummer
Dec 31, 2014

Dewa Budjana Surya Namaskar

Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana has released multiple albums as both a soloist and co-leader of pop band Gigi. On his latest release as a leader, Surya Namaskar, which is graced by bassist Jimmy Johnson and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Johnson and…

Modern Drummer
Oct 24, 2014

Enrico Pieranunzi Stories

Within the large production ethos of the Pat Metheny Group/Unity Group, it can sometimes be hard to discern the subtleties and exact stickings within Antonio Sanchez’s ever-refined skill set. Pianist Enrico Pieranunzi is also a master of subtlety, and his…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2014

Jimmy CobbThe Original Mob Louis Hayes Return of the Jazz Communicators

Jimmy Cobb and Louis Hayes are undeniable architects of modern straight-ahead swing whose extensive discographies read like a jazz history lesson. Cobb cooks at a spry eighty-five, and youngster Hayes is hot at seventy-seven. Plain and simple, these gentlemen are…

Modern Drummer
Aug 6, 2014

Billy Cobham Compass Point

With a backstory including a dangerous makeshift stage and a lottery-winning piano tuner who had quit a day earlier, this 1997 concert almost didn’t happen. And that would have been a great loss, since Billy Cobham and his superb band…

Modern Drummer
Feb 24, 2014

Marc Cary Focus Trio Four Directions

One of today’s most original and innovative pianists, Marc Cary embraces the whole of jazz history as well as diverse “world” elements. Playing predominantly acoustic piano along with Rhodes and subtle synth touches, Cary shapes intriguing harmonies and captivating melodies…

Modern Drummer
Feb 4, 2014

Scott Amendola of Charlie Hunter

Hi, Modern Drummer peeps. Scott Amendola here, and I’m drummer, composer, and bandleader. You might know me from the Nels Cline Singers, Charlie Hunter Trio/Quartet, or Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane, to name a few. Well, old pal and musical compadre…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2014

Dumpstaphunk Dirty Word

Dumpstaphunk pays tribute to funk groundbreakers such as Parliament/Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone, but with an updated sound that’s peppered with rock and second line. The nuclear driver is drummer Nikki Glaspie. Laying down hard-slamming yet finessed time,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 16, 2014

Robert Wyatt ’68

The tracks on this collection were recorded shortly after Wyatt’s band Soft Machine had broken up—temporarily, it would turn out—following a tour of the States with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In fact, Wyatt worked on the tunes while staying at…

Modern Drummer
Dec 31, 2013