Drummer Talk 209 – Spotlight on Bruce Becker

Drummer Talk 209 – Spotlight on Bruce Becker

I recently sat down with educator and session drummer, Bruce Becker, where we chatted about his time with the legendary Freddie Gruber, what it’s like to perform with a sibling for 30 years, how he goes about teaching high profile drummers, and all about his DVD – “Concepts and Philosophies: A Comprehensive Approach for the Development of Drum Technique.” Read more…

The jazz records that inspire Steve Smith

The jazz records that inspire Steve Smith

The true masters never stop being a student of their craft and never stop looking for inspiration. Sometimes, that inspiration comes from artists younger than yourself! We can all agree that Steve Smith is a true guru of the drums, but what jazz albums featuring younger drummers (younger than Steve, that is) inspire him?

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MD’s Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Approaching Standards, Part 1

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or simply in your middle school jazz band, at some point you have to tackle jazz standards, and it’s always helpful to brush up (ba-dum-tss) on learning these tunes.  Check out Part 1 of Modern Drummer’s “Approaching Standards” workshop.

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Taye Unveils New BeBop Kit in Classic Walnut Finish

This makes me drool. Taye’s unveiling a new finish for their BeBop kits. This classic walnut finish is seriously mouth-watering. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing and listening to a lot of jazz recently, but my favorite part of this kit besides the finish is the 18″x14″ kick drum. Looks marvelous. Bet it sounds great too! Always been impressed with how Taye’s kits sound. They do great work.


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All About Jazz – Three Views of Peter Erskine

The folks over at All About Jazz have posted up a good mix of three Erskine clips.

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The first clip shows Erskine playing a more-or-less free form drum solo. It was recorded in 2004 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The second video, down below, features the drummer in a trio with guitarist John Abercrombie and bassist Marc Johnson, recorded at NYC’s Village Vanguard. Lastly, the third clip provides a glimpse of Erskine the teacher, as he demonstrates a New Orleans-style groove and solo.


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Blue Note Seven On Tour

As mentioned on last week’s show, The Blue Note Seven, featuring drummer Lewis Nash, is on tour right now commemorating 70 years of the record label’s groundbreaking history. They swung through Memphis this past weekend, but I don’t think any of the cast was able to make it to the show. However, my teacher was planning on going, so I’ll see what I can find out from him and relay the report on this week’s podcast. In the meantime check out this cool stuff on Blue Note’s site about the group and what they’re about. Also hit up the tour dates to see if they’re coming near you. Even though I missed them this weekend, I can guarantee you won’t want to miss this.


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