Monday, April 23, 2018

The Monday Morning Paradiddle

Well, looks like Spring is finally here. Personally I've had enough of this never ending Winter and it seems like it dragged on forever. Now I know how House Stark felt in Game of Thrones, all those years defending the Wall...Anyways, now that the snow is gone and the sun is finally shining and trees blooming, here is what we have on the go for this early Spring edition of the Monday Morning Paradiddle:

- Thanks to Adam Nussbaum who forwarded this nice piece on Albert "Tootie" Heath:

- An interview with Maestro Terry Clarke:

- Thanks to Four on the Floor correspondent Tim Mah for sending along this great segment on Herlin Riley and the legacy of the Lastie family from New Orleans, featured on WWNO:

- Chicago's Chad Taylor featured over at All About

- Here's two wonderful podcasts that I have been following regularly of late,  to get me through this unnecessarily long Winter weather:

"Jazz Stories" from Jazz @ Lincoln Centre:

"You'll Hear it" from Peter Martin's Open Studio Network:

- A wild and inventive improvised solo from Han Bennink:

- "Birdman Live" from Antonio Sanchez:

- A cool drum solo from Idris Muhammad, from a trio performance with Joe Lovano:

- Jeff Ballard plays a mallet-inspired drum solo in a museum:

- I posted this one before but it's really amazing and deserves to be posted again. Here's phenom Tyshawn Sorey with Master drummer Pedrito Martinez:

- Portland's Alan Jones in a little saxophone trio action on "All the Thing You Are":

- Marvin Bugalu Smith is a force. Check him out!

Truth be told, "BETTER THAN HOLLYWOOD” series 94 by Marvin Bugalu Smith b from Marvin Bugalu Smith on Vimeo.

- What am I listening to these days?

Solon McDade "Murals" - Rich Irwin (drums)

Terri Lyne Carrington "Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue" - Terri Lyne Carrington (drums)

The Art Ensemble of Chicago "ECM :rarum" - Famoudou Don Moye (Sun Percussion)

Brian Lynch & Conrad Herwig "Que Viva Coltrane" - Robby Ameen (drums), Richie Flores (congas)

Mark Turner "Lathe of Heaven" - Marcus Gilmore (drums)

Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano: Sound Prints "Scandal" - Joey Baron (drums)

Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks "Street Singer" - Art Taylor (drums)

- And today's Final Word goes to Joseph Campbell:

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Follow your bliss." - Joseph Campbell

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Butch Miles

A couple of short lessons today from the legendary Butch Miles: a cool brush pattern and some tips on how to play the hi-hat:

Monday, April 16, 2018

JoJo Mayer: Practice Wisdom

Thanks to Nick Ruffini from the Drummer's Resource Podcast Instagram page (check out his webpage here: here is JoJo Mayer's philosophy for a more effective practice routine:

"JoJo Mayer's Practice Rules"

Rule #1 - Practice what you CAN'T do.

Rule #2 - Be aware of WHAT you're practicing for. Be aware of WHY you believe you need to accomplish that. Start with the end in mind.

Rule #3 - Don't practice for hours...practice for RESULTS. Practice as short as necessary, not as long as possible.

Rule #4 - Observe yourself carefully. Practice with the same attitude you'd like to see yourself perform.

Rule #5 - If you get stuck too long with one thing...leave it, relax...try a different viewpoint.

Rule #6 - Practice is like raising children or growing plants: you can't force it to grow...all you do is CARE. Challenge yourself but be patient, have trust and have fun.

Rule #7 - Practicing is not a means to an end. If you're not sure why you're practicing, it's sometimes better to stop and do something else. Perhaps stop practicing for a while, and then pick it up again once you are certain WHY you want or need to.

Rule #8 - Don't focus on practicing the drums...focus on playing music!


And furthermore, here is a fascinating Tedx Talk given by JoJo Mayer himself to check out:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Han Bennink: The Havana Dance Band

Thanks to Ireland's Noel Martin Jr. who posted a great clip of Han Bennink over on FB the other day that eventually led me to this gem, "The Havana Dance Band", recorded in 1983 as part of an art gallery installation.

As per usual, this is some exceptional playing from Bennink that demonstrates how many sounds and how much interest can be sustained with just a minimal drum set-up at one's disposal. We can all take a lesson from this!

And just in case you're not convinced and dismiss Han Bennink as some kind of a nut (you should get your head checked on that point alone!) then check out this footage of him playing with Wes Montgomery (I think he sounds like Kenny Clarke!):

Monday, April 9, 2018

Jabali Billy Hart: "Still Out of Control"

I was inspired by this brief faculty profile of Master drummer Jabali Billy Hart via the Oberlin Conservatory (check out his last comment Lol...and I'm also inclined to transcribe that cool paradiddle/cross-over pattern that he plays at 1:28):

And from a recent week-long trio engagement at the Village Vanguard with pianist Fred Hersch, here's Hart in action on Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile" and Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing" (special thanks to Tim Mah for passing these along...):

Finally, from the Pace Report, here's an interview with this Master drummer who is always eager to share his wisdom:

As per usual, when the Masters speak...we must listen.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Johnny Griffin & Art Taylor: France 1970

I've posted parts of this one before but those clips are long gone on the here's some killing footage Johnny Griffin and Art Taylor GOING FOR IT from a 1970 French TV broadcast: