Billy Martin

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Episode 92: Orchestrating Grooves, MMW’s Billy Martin, Bucks Co. Mahogany Kit, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss some of the ways they like to orchestrate groove on the drumset. The featured artist is Medeski Martin & Wood’s Billy Martin. Up for review is a Semi-Solid mahogany/poplar drumset by Bucks County.…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2017

Rhythm, Sound, and Magic Spring Camp

Join two old friends and masters of percussion Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood, John Scofield, Iggy Pop, Bob Moses) and Cyro Baptista (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Yo Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio), plus special guests John Medeski and…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2016

On the Beat With MMW’s Billy Martin: Drummer Turned Filmmaker

Dear MD readers, I want to tell you about a dream feature film I am going to make called Art Drug. The screenplay is inspired from my experience as a twenty-something drummer trying to find his way into the music…

Modern Drummer
Dec 21, 2015

In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 4: Classic Jazz (October 2013 Issue)

Small-group jazz drumming is synonymous with legendary players such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. Although these five gentlemen had very different approaches to timekeeping, each contributed to the jazz art form and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2013

Billy Martin: What’s New Is “Old???

by Jeff Potter   Last year Medeski Martin & Wood released Free Magic, a live document of the band’s 2007 acoustic tour. Here drummer Billy Martin discusses his unique equipment choices, which add color the funk/jazz trio’s ever-fascinating sonic palette.…

Modern Drummer
May 30, 2013

Zildjian Gen16 Groove Player App

The Groove Player app can store thousands of beats and percussion patterns, allowing users to create their own beats or to purchase beats by some of the world’s greatest drummers and percussionists, including Kenny Aronoff, Alex Acuña, Marco Minnemann, Steven…

Modern Drummer
Dec 15, 2011

Kind Beats’ Andrew McAuley

Hey, everyone, I’m back to let you all know about some big developments that have happened over the last year—and believe me, there have been quite a few! The first thing is that I have become an official endorser of…

Modern Drummer
May 11, 2011

Devendra Banhart’s Gregory Rogove

I’m Gregory Rogove, and I play drums and/or sing in few groups, including Devendra Banhart and the Grogs, Megapuss, and Priestbird. I recently finished work on a new Priestbird record that will be released a little later this year. Megapuss,…

Modern Drummer
Apr 23, 2010