Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nussbaum Way Up North

Adam Nussbaum has been up in Canada lately, touring with Canadian saxophone titans Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald. Apparently an album is forthcoming as well…(I even heard that a drum duet with Ted Warren may have occurred at some point???)

Lucky for us, here's a hint of their recent hit in Toronto (which features not only some very musical accompanying by Nussbam, but some stellar brushwork as well):

Friday, February 3, 2017

Billy Drummond: Freedom of Ideas

















Billy Drummond has long been one of my favourite contemporary Jazz drummers since I first started listening to him back in the mid 1990s. His albums "Dubai", "The Gift" and "Native Colours" as well the plethora of dates recorded for the Criss Cross record label have all been a big influence on me. I've always been inspired by his huge sound, driving cymbal beat and relentless, driving sense of swing.

Here's a couple of clips today of Billy Drummond's most recent project, Freedom of Ideas, to check out. I sincerely hope that this band records and releases an album sometime in the near future!





And here Drummond breaks down the 7/4 groove for his piece "Dubai" (as performed above):





And of course, watching all these videos quickly led me down the YouTube rabbit hole and I discovered this nice trio rendition of "There Is No Greater Love" featuring Drummond with Javon Jackson and Ron Carter (dig those nice yellow Gretsch drums!):