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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

Drummer Blog: Kix’s Jimmy Chalfant on His Early Influences and Approach

Hey there, modern drummers! My name is Jimmy Chalfant, and I play drums for the Baltimore hard-rock band Kix. I grew up with all types of music in my house, from classical to jazz, R&B, progressive rock, and everything in…

Modern Drummer
Sep 22, 2014

The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berryand Jason Gianni

BOOK/CDS (2) LEVEL: ALL $34.95 Recently updated by its coauthors to include nearly a hundred more reference grooves, this ambitious 200-plus-page tome continues to inspire, offering a variety of rhythmic concepts, from polka patterns to reggae beats to variations on…

Modern Drummer
Nov 5, 2013

Sean Donaghy of Wild Rompit

Hi, Modern Drummer readers! My name is Sean Donaghy, and I am the drummer for Wild Rompit, a folk-inspired rock band out of Philadelphia. We recently released our CD Spirit Moves, so I thought I would talk about tracking drums…

Modern Drummer
Oct 14, 2013

Clutch Earth Rocker

Guitarist Tim Sult said of Earth Rocker, “It might be the best Clutch album that has ever existed.” Considering the groovemasters’ track record over the last couple of decades, those are some mighty strong words. But it’s tough to disagree.…

Modern Drummer
Apr 12, 2013

Benny Green Magic Beans

Green’s inspiration for this set of original compositions was the distinctive trumpet/sax front-line sound of Blue Note’s classic ’50s and ’60s quintets. But here’s the rub: No sax or trumpet is included. Instead, through his piano playing within a trio…

Modern Drummer
Mar 28, 2013

Neal Schon The Calling

Former Journey bandmates Neal Schon (guitar) and Steve Smith rekindle the musical chemistry that helped make the ’80s pop-rock band a household name. On this eclectic instrumental collection, Journey fans of old will notice that Smith is somewhat more relaxed…

Modern Drummer
Mar 22, 2013

Rival Sons Head Down

  CD The L.A. band Rival Sons derives its inspiration from the era when rock was the sole playground of mannish boys with big-ol’ bell bottoms and bigger Afros. On their second long-player, drummer Michael Miley and crew continue to…

Modern Drummer
Mar 11, 2013

Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick (Collector’s Edition)

  CD/DVD Don’t say I didn’t warn you: If you take your copy of the new Collector’s Edition CD/Audio DVD of Jethro Tull’s 1972 studio album Thick As a Brick to work and pop it into your computer, you’re going…

Modern Drummer
Nov 19, 2012

Greg Skaff 116th & Park

This is jazz guitarist Greg Skaff’s third successive exploration of the classic B3/guitar/drums format—but with a difference. Although Skaff’s fat-toned hollow-body sound and swing feel are rooted in tradition, his concept is subtly informed by the modern, along with hints of…

Modern Drummer
Oct 12, 2012

Call of the Wild Leave Your Leather On

  CD Well, Call of the Wild drummer Allison Busch sure got it right in her blog a couple weeks ago: The band’s sound definitely comes out of Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, and other straight-up, balls-to-the-wall rock outfits. This is pure,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 21, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania

  CD Replacing original Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin mustn’t have been easy for Mike Byrne, but leader Billy Corgan clearly made a good choice with the newbie. Similar to the way that Zak Starkey is in some ways the…

Modern Drummer
Jul 23, 2012

IZZ Crush of Night

  CD It always seems unfair when progressive-rock haters toss out the word pretentious as a catchall way to denounce the genre. Fact is, prog only works when the listener is utterly convinced of the sincerity of the players’ devotion…

Modern Drummer
Jun 22, 2012

Utsi Zimring Zone 23

CD/ALBUM   This moody and organic acoustic/electric jazz collection from drummer/composer Utsi Zimring features an all-star line-up of NYC jazz greats including guitarist Mike Stern, pianist David Kikoski, and saxophonist Bob Franceschini. Zimring dances playfully around the melodies with a…

Modern Drummer
May 16, 2012