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1  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / No Holds Barred - new rock drum solo on: December 18, 2017, 06:01:55 PM
Hi out there in drum land!

My newest drum solo was just posted here at DSA.  I thank Pasha end everyone else here.

This solo is a straight ahead double bass (twin pedals) rock solo where I more or less just let loose at a good speed to still keep some feeling (when you play too fast it is impressive, but you lose the feeling.  It's tricky trying to play fast but not to fast.  The sound is a little muddled due to the fact that it's an auditorium and a little  Sony recorder, but I try to do what I can.
 
You can listen to it at DSA or watch it at Youtube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mla4neWziY0
2  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / New 5/4 drums solo. on: August 31, 2017, 08:08:30 PM
Hi,
I have a new drum solo.  This one is in 5/4.  I call it "Far Less Drums".  Anyone who knows much about Joe Morello can get it.

For anyone interested in watching it, you can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DHMp58xpDM

3  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / New Drum Solo: The Message on: August 04, 2016, 09:47:36 AM
                                   Hi, This is my new solo called "The Message".


 Although this is an improvised solo, I did have some idea of the direction I wanted to go (which sometimes works out and sometimes doesn't). 

I wanted to start out doing some African (my interpretation) drumming and then after playing a while slip into 5/4 while retaining the African feel.  Then return to the straight ahead African drumming and finally jump into my Buddy Rich stuff (no smirking).

The African drumming was inspiered by Art Blakey and the 5/4 by Joe Morello and of course the Buddy Rich stuff by Buddy.

I know I don't play anthing close to those great drummers, but I try to emulate them because I love their drumming.  I love other drummers to, but this is just the stuff I felt like playing this time.

What I played is completely ad-libbed, and I could never play this solo again because when I play I never know what I'm going to play next.  I just do it.  Also, I can't remember much of what I played either. But, I could play another solo similar to it.

I was inspired to play African music ever since I heard the Album "Ritual" by Art Blakey.  As far as I know, that is the first album to introduce African music and jazz together.

Art blakey went to live in Africa in 1947.  He lived there two years in Nigerea with people called the Eja.  The drums are the most important instrument there.  Whatever happens good each day, they play about it at night.  So they speak with drums giving only good messages to the people of what happened that day.  So I called my solo "The Message".

Art Blakey produced several albums with African drumming.

1. Ritual - 1957
2. Drum Suite - 1957
3. Orgy In Rhythm Vols 1 & 2 - 1957
4. Holiday For Skins Vols 1 & 2 - 1958

He also mad many other albums that incorporated African drumming but weren't primarily African in nature.
For Example:  3 version of Night in Tunisia, Drums Around the World, etc.

I also listen to African drumming of various sorts to learn more African drum playing.

As for the 5/4, Joe Morello inspired me to want to play solos in 5/4 ever since I first heard "Far More Drums" on the "Time Further Out" album.  That one solo, as short as it is, has been an inspiration and sitll is.

And finally, Buddy.  What can I say.  No matter what I do, I'll never play like him.  There are people nowdays that can play fast, but they don't play anything.  It's just noise.  Buddy played music.

Buddy had a vocabulary and intonation that nobody can ever touch.  They can copy his licks, but they can never pley and make those drums sing like he could.

So, here is the solo, and I just hope you enjoy it.  That's why I play.  For enjoyment.  (I'm long past the days of playing for the purpose of picking up babes)

 
[OK!  Suddenly the Youtube videos wouldn't play anymore, so I deleted them.  This solo is in the audio drum solos if you want to listen to it.  If you want to watch it in the mean time (before I can get the Youtbue back) you go to this Youtube site and watch it directly]

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a19GnwyyaFA




I put the Youtube video here instead of putting my video in the video section for drum solos because it has too many mbs (over 500).



4  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Drum Solo - "The New One" on: July 31, 2016, 05:58:03 PM
Thank you!  I just did another one that I'm putting up.  I hopd you like it .  It's different.  I just improvise these things.

This one I had decided to start out with some African stuff that I got from Art Blakey and just went with whatever happened.  Later I slipped in to a 5/4 African thing (Joe Morello inspired) and then back to the African stuff (sort of a return) and finally into my poor Buddy Rich inspired stuff. 

Off course I know I can't play anything as well as those great drummers, but I have fun messing with it.
5  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Drum Solo - "The New One" on: March 22, 2016, 09:32:10 AM
Hi,  Thanks.  I was just having fun but still being serious to make sure it came out ok.  I'm glad you liked it.
6  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Drum Solo - "The New One" on: August 05, 2015, 10:57:00 PM
Hi,

Drum Solo Artist has just put up another of my drum solos.  I appreciate it.  It's titled "The New One".  It is an audio, and I can't put up the video of it because it's over the mb limit.

[OK!  Suddenly the Youtube videos wouldn't play anymore, so I deleted them.  This solo is in the audio drum solos if you want to listen to it.  If you want to watch it in the mean time (before I can get the Youtbue back) you go to this Youtube site and watch it directly]


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eV3Kxj5CWQ
 

 
 
           
       
7  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Drumming injuries on: August 01, 2014, 11:43:13 PM
Hi!

A long time ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth I got accepted to Berklee School of Music.  That tells you how long ago it was since it is now called Berklee College of Music.  Back then they only taught jazz, and you had to audition to prove your level of playing (which you don't have to do now plus they teach anything now).

But, I didn't have to audition because I was playing professionally "on the road", and they seemed to think I had
to be able to play at an acceptable level to do that.

As it happens, one night I crashed into a tree (head on) in my black 1958 Ford Galaxy (a great car with a hood ornament of Hercules holding up the world),  It took them several hours to cut me out of the car.  I spent 12 hours on the operating table with three surgeons operating on me.  End result:  A broken ankle, nose, jaw (on both sides), bruises and lacerations all over my body (I looked black and blue everywhere), and a severly damaged right knee.  They saved my knee, but I lost a lot a cartilage.  I'm ok now.  I was able to put time in the army, so they did an outstanding job on me.

Back to Berklee.  Unfortunatly the car incident happened the summer before I was to attend Berklee, so when I went there I had to attend the entire first semester with a cast on my right leg from my toes to the top of my thigh and
of course walk around on crutches the whole time.  You could say I was a little disappointed that I couldn't play very well, but I didn't quit.  I did the best I could. 

The next semester the cast came off, and I started playing 7 nights a week at the Blue Mirror in Charlestown with
Little Joe Cook (he had a hit song calle "Peanuts").  We played 5 sets a night (Sundays - 6 sets).  My leg got back into shape pretty quick.  My morning class was always interesting.  The good ole days.
8  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Do you modify your drum kit set-up very often? on: May 21, 2014, 11:05:42 PM
Hi,

I play with my snare flat.  Some great drummers do play with the snare tilted towards them.  Alex Van Halen for example.  But, if you're playing with a traditional grip, it is almost impossible to play rim shots that way.  I switch back and forth from traditional to matched grip a lot, even in the same song and on drum solos.

Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Joe Morello, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Dennis Chambers, Louie Bellson, Dave Weckl, and many other drummers of note play with the snare flat. (Although in some old videos you'll see some of them with the snare tilted to right.  But, in newer videos, they are flat)

I also like to adjust the snare drum when I play a set after another drummer has used it.  The snare has to where I like it or close to it.
9  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Do you modify your drum kit set-up very often? on: May 12, 2014, 11:50:49 PM
 Hi,

Buddy said you should be able to sit in on anybody's set and "kick ass" or something like that.  But, there was only one Buddy.  I have to adjust any set I sit down on so it has some resemblance to the set up that I prefer.
 
I have mentioned before that I'm living in Japan, and when you go play at a club or "live-house" there is
a set there you can use.  Amost all drummers use the sets that are at the live-houses.  Usually they may bring their own snare or pedals.  I always bring my own pedals (twin dw pedals).  I use the live-house snare which is usually good, just not tuned.  I just tune it and use it.

Over the years I have found that the set doesn't have to be "perfectly" set up.  The drums and cymbals just have to be in that general set up, so I have gotten used to playing sets different ways.  Sometimes there are several bands playing, and you have to get up there and get the drums set up quickly, so there isn't a lot of time to get things perfect.  You just have to get things in the ball park.

You have a limited time to play and that includes setting up, so you get it set as well as you can as quick as you can.  So I've gotten to the point that I don't really care too much how it's set up as long as I can play it.

Also, I'm still trying to find that perfect set-up, but I'm always changing it, Especially the toms on the bass drum.  Sometimes I put them higher and sometimes lower.  Sometimes I just don't care as long as I can do what I want to do.  Somedays my attitude is different and I change the set up.   
10  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Greatest invention since the Hi Hat? on: December 10, 2013, 08:42:00 PM
I agree  with that.  If there were some way to make a head that had that feel and sound that also could be practical and not so troublesome, it would be a great invention.

Of course I like not having to do a tune up on the drums every time the weather changes, but I miss that great sound, especially for the rolls.
11  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Greatest invention since the Hi Hat? on: December 08, 2013, 07:53:13 PM
Hi!

About the drum heads.  The old heads (calf skin) definitely sound better.  The down side is, as Ken said, they were hard to keep in tune.  But, when they were in tune they had a great sound that you can't get with today's heads.  I don't know if you can still get calf skin heads, but if you could, I would use them regardless of the troublesome downside.

As far as drum machines go, I think they are the most insidious, atrocious, despicable, disgusting, heinous, repulsive, wretched, loathsome, awful, repugnant, nauseating, obnoxious, stinking, lousy, foul, offensive, sleazy, odious, pieces of crap ever invented.  And, I'm being nice.   
12  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: What is your favorite bass drum pedal on: June 21, 2013, 09:53:45 PM
 Hi,

     One more lttle thing I thought I would add.  I don't use straps although at one time I liked them.
The reason being, one night I was in the middle of a big drum solo.  I was cooking.  I was really burning
the stage down.  The whole audience was crowded around the stage digging it.  Suddenly, the strap on the bass drum pedal broke.

     The only thing I think that can equal the kind of feeling I had then was when the time I was trying to make love to my girlfriend and my father walked in the door.  This though was, I think,  was even worse.  Everything came to a stop.  One of the few times in my life I didn't know what to do.  I mean, what can you do in a situation like that.  Everyone around the stage looking at you and wondering why you stopped playing.  Everyone yelling for you to keep playing, and you just look at them and just - well, that's it - what!!!!

     I finally just mumbled something like "It's over" or maybe I growled it.  I don't remember exactly.  All remember for sure was that I was "pissed off", humiliated, disappointed, and a lot of other adjectives.  I did have a spare strap, so I spent about 10 - 15 minutes changing it, but by the time I got it fixed - well what are you going to do then.  The drum solo by that time was ancient history.  Using an old expresion, it was a complete "bummer".  I think what I hated most was that I let the audience down.  I had them at a fever pitch, and  then I (I was responsible) took everything away from them.  I let them down.  I felt bad about that.

     So, for that reason, I don't use straps.  Also, one more thing about straps.  They stretch.  After you use them a while, they get longer little by little (until they eventually break).  So, if you use a strap, be careful.
13  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: What is your favorite bass drum pedal on: June 21, 2013, 09:22:50 PM
 Hi!

     I have uese a lot of different pedals, but I haven't used all of the different kinds.  From my experience, generally speaking, most good companys make decent pedals.  What it usually comes down to is how the pedal is set up.  Tension, angle of the beater, and so on.

     You can have the greatest pedal ever made, but if you don't have it adjusted correctly it won't mean a thing.  And of course as Ken mentions, it has to be adjusted to you.

     I have personally found adjusting the bass drum pedal the most frustrating thing about setting up a
drum set.  Where is the perfect adjustment?  I'm still looking for that perfect place.  Usually I just go with a set up the allows me to play the things I want to play always wondering if there is a better set up.  But, being basically lazy, I can only mess with that thing for so long, and then I just say "OK, that's good enough for Rock N' Roll" and get on with it.  Life is too short.

     But, having said that, I like the DW 5000 even though I have the DW 9000.  I've also got the Iron Cobra which is ok, but it broke.  I fixed it with wire.
The DW5000 (twin pedals by the way) has taken every punishment know to man as is still hanging in there.  The 9000 is great, but the 5000 seems easier
to play for me.   

     These are just my experiences, and I know other people have many more different expierences.  How about sharing them.
14  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Wierd things that have happened on gigs. on: May 12, 2013, 10:14:29 PM
 Here is another one.  When I used to live in Boston in the good ole days I was in a psychodelic rock band that I've mentioned before in other posts.  It consisted of two guitars, bass, and me.

We never had any money, and occasionally the bass player or I could get gigs around town through the agencies when they needed someone to fill in or make a quick band to play somewhere.

It was New Year's Eve, and one agent got in touch with me (we didn't have a phone) and asked me if I could get a band together to play at some club for New Year's.  I, of course, said yes not knowing exactly what I was going to do.  But, I knew a lot of musicans (Boston is where Berklee is).
I contacted some of them and got it all together.  You have to remember that this was back in the time of psychodelic stuff.  We were all psychodelic and that included our clothes.

One of the musicians had a car and picked me and my drums up and we boogied (wow, haven't used that word in a long time) on over to the club.  None of us knew what to expect and of course really didn't care.
Psychodelic musicians don't care much about anything except the music and getting high.

So, we showed up there looking our best.  I was wearing my good gold and green paisly shirt with the red and black striped jeans.  The others were similarily attired.  Well, when we walked in a announced with the customary swagger "We're the band", needless to say, no one believed us.  They were all dressed in tuxedos andstuff.  I had to seriously convince them we were the band.  Finally they got the manager, and when I saw him I started thinking I had stepped into some kind of roaring twenties ganster movie.  Wow!  This guy could have played Jack Dempsy.  He took one look at me and said "You can't play dressed lik that!!".

I really couldn't understand what he was talking about.  I had been out of the "real" world for a long time and the concept of wearing a suit or tuxedo didn't even register on my brain.  He took me to his office and started talking to me like I was his son to try and make me understand that I had to be "dressed up" because it was New Year's".  I tried to make him understand that "I just play music and don't know anything about clothes". 

We bandied that back and forth for a while, and his wife came in and started taking my side.  She just wanted some music.  She liked us.  But, he insisted that we couldn't play unless we were "dressed" correctly.  He said if we go get some proper clothes, we could play.  I told him we don't have any other clothes, and if we did it would take to long to go change and come back.

He said we had to leave.  His wife protested.  It didn't do any good.  So, we left.  But, I came back and tried again.  He said no.  I tried again.  He said no.  I tried again.  Then I got the impression if I didn't leave I might get some cement overshoes.  So, we left and didn't play.  That was a pretty strange gig.
The gig that never was.  And on New Year's Eve too.  That was my big chance to make a big impression on the agent.  I made a big impression alright but not the kind I wanted.

I still dress the way I want.
15  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: The best sounding drums on: December 09, 2012, 08:41:03 PM
Hi,

     I had previously posted Elvin Jones "Chasin" the Trane", but it was taken down at Youtube.  Now I have picked "Far More Drums" featuring Joe Morello.  The drums have a great sound.  Plus, there is the bonus of one of the most amazing drums solos ever put down.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dmp1IypAEg
16  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drum Techniques / Re: Stick Patterns on: October 03, 2012, 01:00:48 AM
Hi,

       If you want to understand all of these stickings and learn how to play them then these are the books to get.  They have all the stickings and patterns you'll be able to handle plus advice on how to use them.  These books and others are listed in the drum library here at DSA.   

       1. Stick Control by George L. Stone
       2. Syncopation by Ted Reed
       3. Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer by Jim Chapin
       4. Accents and Rebounds by George L. Stone
       5. Master Studies by Joe Morello
       6. Accents on Accents by Elliot Fine and Marvin Dahlgren 
 
      The essentials of what are actually needed to play on a drum set can be found in these books.  If you can't read drum music and you seriously want to be a drummer, then learn how to read.  It's not hard.  If you can play half the material in these books, you would be one bad mother.
     
      The 26 original rudiments are good to know, but they aren't all necessary to play rock, jazz, blues, etc.  They are more used in marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and especially in bagpipe corps and similar types of old marching corps.

      That kind of drumming is not used in rock n' roll.  But, the more you can play, the more you can play.  It's sort of like learning algerbra in high school.  You're never going to use it.

       You can mix all the patterns in these books up by substituting you feet for your hands and whatnot.  You're only limited by your creative ability.  So, if you get the books (especially Stick Control) and practice diligently you can become very good at playing stickings. 

Don

       
17  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: Hello, anyone here? on: September 20, 2012, 05:14:22 AM
Hi Ken,


         Glad you're back.  Missed your comments.  DSA needs them.

Don
18  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: Hello, anyone here? on: September 12, 2012, 08:25:49 PM
 Hi,

      I'm still here.  Ready with my varied responses to anything anyone wants to talk about. 

Like -

 1.        If I leave my new drum set out in the rain for two years, will it still be considered new?

        Answer:  Maybe.

 2.        If I buy a set to impress girls, should I get a Tama or a Yamaha?  And would it be still ok do you think to impress girls with a set with only 32 drums.

         Answer:  There is a mathematical relationship discovered by Sticks Snerby that states simply the more drums you have the more girls you will be able to get.   The math is tricky, but it works.  Yamaha heads or easier to change, so I would go with the Yamaha if you like to keep things simple.

 3.       Is there a special stick twirling school somewhere where I can learn how to twirl the sticks so I can impress girls.  I don't actually have to learn how to play the drums so much, but I have noticed that stick twirling really impresses people, and I am more concerned with impressing people that actually playing good music.

         Answer:  I don't know.  Maybe you could try dating a majorette in the high scholl band.  You know, the ones that  flip those batons around.  They probably would make great drummers since that are really impressive marching around twirling those batons. 

          The problem is since you can't already twirl your sticks, it would be practically impossible for you to approach one of them and ask them because they wouldn't have already have been able to see how cool you are twirling your sticks.  Sort of a Catch 22.  You could always opt for actually practicing to become a real drummer and impress maybe people older than 20 years old.  That is a little bigger challenge since you would actually have to be able to play the drums.
(meaning be able to play jazz, fusion, rock, heavy metal, soul, county western, latin, etc. all with equal proficiency.  Then, you would be a "drummer".

4.        How can I play with lady gaga?

          Answer:  Get a lobotomy.

I hope these standard questions have been answered to everyone's satisfaction.  I'm indebted to Sticks Snerby for his input.


         
19  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: It still comes down to hours of PRACTICE on: August 10, 2012, 07:40:56 PM
Hi,
       The one thing that makes someone great at anything is practice.  Several studies have been done on what makes people great at what they do.  The "number 1" most important thing above all is practice.  I might add "correct Practice" is important, since if you practice something wrong, you only get really good at doing it wrong.

       Of course the level of one's playing will determine what and how someone will practice.  Someone who has been playing for a while will have practice practicing.  For the others it must be a challenge just deciding where to begin.

       I would suggest that the first thing someone should do is determine exactly what you want to do with the drums.  In other words, you need to make goals.  You need to answer the question "Why do I want to play the drums?".  When you can answer that, then you'll know better what you need to do.

       For example, if you just want to attract some girls, then you don't need to do to much.  Maybe learn  how to play some basics rock n' roll beats and be able to twirl the sticks a little.  You'll have to look cool and maybe get a tattoo or something like that to impress the kind of girls you want to get.

       Going the other direction, lets say you actually want to be a drummer.  You have someone you admire and want to emulate that person.  In that case, you'll actually have to do something more.  Serious practice which is almost like work.

        You're going to have to get some basic lessons from somewhere.  I know the stories about how people never had lessons and they are super drummers.  That is a myth.  Everyone has had to learn something even if it's only a little (like how to hold the sticks correctly or you have to use your foot for the bass drum and not your head).

         Nobody just sits down a starts knocking of rudiments without learning them from somewhere.  Even Buddy, who people like to use as the classic self taught drummer.  If you see someone play, you're getting a lesson right then and there.  When you listen to a cd, you're getting a lesson.

         Formal lessons are good.  Once you get the basics down, then depending on how serious and determind you are, you probably don't need any more formal lessons.  You just let your desire guide you.

         After that, depending on what level you want to be (because you can achieve any level you want if you are willing to put in the work) you have to start practicing you ass off as much possible.

         Books are what I would consider an absolute necessity.  They show what to play so you can learn it and master it quickly.

         Obviously you need to start learning how to use your hands first.  The two best books to do that are "Stick Control" by George Lawrence Stone and "Syncopation" by Ted Reed.  If you can master these books and play the material at a quick tempo everything else will be much easier.

         Basically, you just keep practicing something until you can play it perfectly.  If there is something that is difficult - practice it until you can play it.
20  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Tony Williams on: April 27, 2012, 03:40:59 AM
Hi,

   I put some Tony Williams stuff at this site:  www.tonywilliamsdiscography.com  for anyone interested in his discography and also in listening to his drum solos.  It doesn't have everything, but I'm working on it.

Don
21  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Endorsers changing ships. on: April 17, 2012, 11:07:26 PM
 Hi,

       I agree.  Although that part about new drummers being influenced by famous drummers applies to me.  When I started out, the drummers I listened to mostly were Art Blakey, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones. Elvin Jones, Art Taylor and Shelly Manne.  Mostly because they were on almost all the jazz albums.

      When I listened to the albums, I couldn't actually tell what brand they were using, but they all had the best sounding drums of any drummers as a general rule.  All you have to do is listen to them and you can hear it.

      What brought my attention to the brand they were using was Down Beat magazine.  I subscribed to it way back then, and in it they always had ads with those drummers with their Gretsch drums.  The caption always said something like "That Great Gretsch Sound".

      Well, that was enough for me.  I wanted to sound like them, so when I got my first set of drums, it was Gretsch.  And they did sound great!

      That was a long time ago, and you'd have to take the "Way-Back-Machine" to get drums that have the sound and the quality of those drums (my opinion).  Now Gretsch has their drums made mostly in China although they still make one model in America.

      I have used a lot of different kinds of drums, and I still prefer that "Great Gretsch Sound".   

      As far as endorsement goes, if I were famous and some company wanted to give me an endorsement, I would do what I wanted to do.  If I played a certain brand because  I liked it, then I would stay with that brand.  I'm old enough and had enough experience so that I don't care about brand endorsements or their money. 

      Also, I make my sets up from what I consider the best from different sets.  So, if some company wanted to endorse me for some crazy reason, it would have to be on my terms.
22  General Chit-Chat / General Chit-Chat / Re: What are you listening to right now? on: April 15, 2012, 09:25:36 AM
HI!

Miles Davis - In a Silent Way - Shhh/Peaceful
23  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Tony Williams on: March 13, 2012, 12:08:01 AM
Hi,


      On the "my favorite drummer" post I recently mentioned that Tony Williams is my favorite drummer, and that I'm making a "drum solo discography" of all his drum solos from his cds.  I'll be giving the cd titles, but only the songs with drum solos will be listed along with the duration of each solo. 

      The discography will be the most complete discography on the internet of his cds.  There are many Tony William discographies on the internet, but they are not complete.

Don     
24  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Your favourite drummer on: March 13, 2012, 12:00:12 AM
Thanks Ken,

      I'm going to put any future discussion about this particular "my favorite drummer" post on the " Tony Williams" post since I guess this is getting to far away from the topic of "my favorite drummer".

Don

ps:  I'm rocking as hard as I can.
25  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Your favourite drummer on: March 12, 2012, 10:15:39 AM
       I won't be able to put up anything to hear.  I could because I'm making my own cds with just the drums solos on them so I can listen to just the drum solos.  Two reasons would prevent me from doing it, and they are 1, I don't know how to put music on the blog if it's even possible and 2, I don't know if it ok to do it.

       If I can meet those two conditions, then I would do it.  Also, I haven't decided whether to do it by album title or year of recording.  Probably album title.

       Also, I'm not including any trading fours, intros, fills or vamps in general.  Just actual solos with some maybe having a little background but not vamping per se.  It's tricky.  Sometimes his normal playing sounds like a drum solo, but it isn't.  It's just his over the top playing.

       Some hard stuff to get are things like V.S.O.P. III Live in Athens, Santana and Hancock live, The Miles Davis Quintet Manchester Concert, Lifetime - Running Wild w/Alan Holdsworth and stuff like that.  But, I'm working on it.

       When I first decided to do this I was going by the usual discographies you find on the internet, but the more I got into it the more I found that the usual discographies are not even close to having his total discography.   Things keep popping up here and there that have been forgotten about or are unknown by the mainstream jazz enthusiasts. 

        I found one that was never issued on cd as far as I know.  Got it on cassette.  George Cables - "Phantom of the City" for example.  Two solos on that one.  Interestingly though, there are lots of cds where he doesn't play any solos at all.   
   
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