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Product Close-Up: De Gregorio Cajons and Ahead Armor Cajon Bags (December 2014 Issue)

December 2014 Product Close-Up De Gregorio Cajons and Ahead Armor Cajon Bags Innovative, great-sounding instruments plus some of the finest protective cases on the market. The Spanish cajon maker De Gregorio has been producing handcrafted instruments for the European and…

Modern Drummer
Oct 29, 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

Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart Ramshackle Serenade

More often than not, it’s talent, vision, and plain old time spent playing together that yields the finest results in the jazz world, and the three musicians gathered here are certainly no strangers to making music collectively. Ramshackle Serenade may…

Modern Drummer
Oct 2, 2014

Showroom: Proline PLDR6 Snare Rack

Proline’s PLDR6 utility rack enables drummers to store and display multiple drums safely, without cases, while keeping them easily accessible for practice, performance, recording, and rehearsals. For professional drummers, the PLDR6 provides a way to display a collection of several…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2014

moe. No Guts, No Glory

On an album full of over-driven guitar, dreamy and sometimes ominous soundscapes, and strong melodic and lyrical content, Vinnie Amico’s drums refuse to be relegated to the background. Each beat is solid and soulful, serving the tunes with energy. Amico…

Modern Drummer
Sep 24, 2014

Mike Dillon Band of Outsiders

With this disc, multi-instrumentalist Mike Dillon (Garage A Trois, Les Claypool, Critters Buggin) may have given birth to a new musical genre: Afro-Brazilian-punk-jazz-art-rock. The eclectic mash-up of diverse styles and social satire à la Frank Zappa features Dillon’s inventive and…

Modern Drummer
Sep 15, 2014

Don Grolnick The Complete London Concert

Released digitally via Peter Erskine’s Fuzzy Memory Music Archives, this 1995 live acoustic jazz set features pianist/composer Don Grolnick in peak form, accompanied by the unsurpassable lineup of Erskine, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Marty Ehrlich, Robin Eubanks, Peter Washington, and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 22, 2014

Product Close-Up: CRX Xtreme Brilliant Series Cymbals (From the October 2014 Issue)

  by Michael Dawson Introduced in 2013, CRX cymbals provide a range of dark, medium, and bright tones at very competitive prices. Individually crafted from B20 bronze by cymbalsmiths in China, these pro-quality instruments include the unlathed Classic, the traditionally…

Modern Drummer
Aug 14, 2014

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Bosphorus Lyric Series Cymbals (From the September 2014 Issue)

by Dylan Wissing The new Lyric series from the Turkish company Bosphorus was designed in close collaboration with modern jazz heavyweight Ari Hoenig. For those not yet introduced, Hoenig has a fiercely individual approach to jazz drumming, which is borne…

Modern Drummer
Aug 13, 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

Los Cabos now offering Jive and Swing sticks for jazz drummers and additional white hickory nylon-tip models.

The Jive and the Swing drumsticks were designed for jazz musicians. The Swing model features an elongated oval tip that is said to deliver depth and tone from drums and cymbals. It measures .566"x16.29". The Jive model features a ball…

Modern Drummer
Jul 21, 2014

A Beat a Week: A Total Percussion Approach to Playing the Drumset by Glenn Kotche

In this book, Wilco’s drummer provides fifty-two examples of varied drum patterns from across his recorded catalog. In his development as a player, Glenn Kotche was exposed to rock, jazz, classical, electronica, and many other styles. As he suggests in…

Modern Drummer
Jul 18, 2014

Billy Joel A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia

Essentially an expanded rerelease of Billy Joel’s 1987 live album, Концерт, the double-CD/Blu-ray/DVD package A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia delivers unreleased audio and a more complete performance of the album’s companion concert film, Live in Leningrad. It…

Modern Drummer
Jun 20, 2014