FOUR ON THE FLOOR: The Monday Morning Paradiddle

Written by on June 15, 2020


And…we’re back.

Thank you all for checking in and here is this month’s collection of jazz drumming related considerations for you to enjoy and learn from.

CBC Radio‘s Ideas offers this fascinating episode on the neuroscience of rhythm and the role it plays in our daily lives

– Ulysses Owens Jr. wrote this motivating article Pandemic Entrepreneurship for Jazz Musicians in JazzTimes Magazine

– Chicago’s Chad Taylor interviewed by Jason Crane over at The Jazz Session

– Gerry Gibbs in Modern Drummer Magazine, featuring his new and very cool YouTube Channel.

Dig this!

– Mike Clark on Tony Williams from Not So Modern Drummer Magazine

– Todd Bishop over at Cruiseship Drummer has been busy these days. In particular he’s painstakingly compiled a huge archive of creative practice loops to play-a-long with. Check these out here.

These are really clever and can offer an interesting element to your practice routine if you are working on a particular groove or feel. I showed these to Adam Nussbaum the other day and he lost his mind!

Here’s a good one if you might be inclined to work on your slow tempos:

– Jerry Granelli featured in Jazz Profiles, speaking about his days playing with Mose Allison and Vince Guaraldi

– Canadian free jazz drummer Larry Dubin is a new name to me. Check out this 1979 CCMC performance.

– The 80/20 Drummer offers this episode on his practical approach to playing the brushes:

– Steve Fidyk interviewed by Discussions in Percussion

– Cellar Live’s Cory Weeds interviews Jason Tiemann

– Francisco Mela’s tribute to the late Jimmy Cobb:

– Jerome Jennings offers these two inspiring performances:

– Ralph Peterson Jr. interviewed by Occhi Magazine:

– Brazilian jazz drummer Duduka Da Fonseca interviewed by Drummer Nation:

…and another episode from Drummer Nation, this time featuring the great Bill Goodwin:

– Jazzkeller Frankfurt interviews Adam Nussbaum:

– Neon Jazz offers two recent interviews with Allison Miller:

…and Jim Black!

– Drummer Kevin Dorn shares this elastic band bass drum pedal hack, taught to him by Jake Hanna:

Has anyone tried this???

– Here’s some great footage of Jeff Hamilton with the Woody Herman band featuring tenor saxophonists Joe Lovano and Frank Tiberi on a burning arrangement of Giant Steps:

– A couple of great clips featuring Art Taylor…

 …with Dexter Gordon circa. 1963:

…and with Dizzy Gillepie and Johnny Griffin playing “A Night in Tunisia” circa. 1971:

Thanks to Mike Melito and Andrew Dickeson for sharing these via the Facebook.

– And….last, but certainly not least, here is the great ROY HAYNES with Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett and Christian McBride featuring one of the most epic drum solos you’ll ever see:

ROY! HAYNES!

– What am I listening to these days?

Harrison2 “Trouts in Swimwear” – Harrison Vetro (drums)

Elvin Jones Trio “Skyscrapers, Vols.1-4” – Elvin Jones (drums)

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers “The Freedom Rider” – Art Blakey (drums)

Rudy Royston “PaNOptic” – Rudy Royston (drums)

Ted Warren/Mike Murley/Rich Brown “Broadview” – Ted Warren (drums)

Sam Jones “The Bassist” – Keith Copeland (drums)

Duke Jordan “Flight to Denmark” – Ed Thigpen (drums)

Mark Eisenman Trio “Sweet & Lovely” – Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Nick Ayoub “The Montreal Scene” – Emile “Cisco” Normand (drums)

– And today’s Final Word goes to Sonny Rollins with these two pieces from The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Kelly Jefferson also recently shared this great piece of wisdom via his Facebook page:

“It’s not about your music – it’s about what makes your music your music. You’ve got to have a feeling like that. You have to have a reason for your music. Have something besides the technical. Make it for something. Make it for kindness, make it for peace, whatever it is. You know what I mean?”

– Sonny Rollins

As always, when the Masters speak…we listen.



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