Alphonse Mouzon Dies at 68
Jazz and fusion drummer Alphonse Mouzon died on Sunday in Los Angeles. Read more
“Born to Swing” is an 1973 out-of-print TV documentary that follows the musicians of the Count Basie Orchestra
This was released on Pearson’s 1969 Merry Ole Soul album on Blue Note records.
Sittin’ In with the Big Band is a music minus one type of series of big band arrangements written in a variety of styles ranging from swing to Latin, and from funk to rock. With killer tracks, fun arrangements, and a few challenging charts, it’s a great addition to your shelf!
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 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?
1999 Mapex called, they want their bop kit back. What’s old is new again, I guess!