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Drummer Talk 05/06/2010 – The College Audition (#143)

We talk about do’s and dont’s for college auditions.  Carter brings news of the Cympad, new Steve Gadd tour dates, Cymbal Summit artists.  Plus, Lenny White is the Drummer of the Week!  Show Notes

Note: Ustream problems prevented us from broadcasting live and grabbing a video feed. Hopefully everything will be in working order for next week. 🙁

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TRAPS Magazine Hangs It Up

Sadly, the good people at TRAPS Magazine have decided to cease production of the magazine. The parent publication, DRUM!, will continue, but it looks like the TRAPS experiment can’t weather a tough economy. This is a shame. TRAPS was a fine publication that really set the bar for in-depth drumming/music journalism. We’ve given TRAPS the love on the show before and we will miss them.


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Lenny White Interview at AllAboutJazz.com

Source: AllAboutJazz.com

AAJ: Are you still planning a documentary on the history of fusion in jazz?

LW: Yes, that is my intention. I’m compiling interviews, viewpoints, footage. I want to start with Miles and Bitches Brew and go from there.

AAJ: Any plans after the RTF tour?

LW: I plan on recording a new project of my own to be released maybe next year or sooner depending on whether I can finish it in time. I also have a few pop projects I’d like to try to get out. I’m renovating my laboratory so that’s going to take some time. And I’m just going to take some time to breathe…

AAJ: Any words of advice for other innovative artists compelled to search new forms and ideas?

LW: Like the Nike ad…Just Do It.

Click here to read the full interview …

Vic Firth Unveils Lenny White Signature Stick

In what seems like a “why did they wait so long” kind of story, Vic Firth has recently unveiled a new Lenny White Signature stick to correspond with White’s reunion with Return 2 Forever and their tour.

The stick is 16″ long and .580″ in diameter – between and 5A and 5B.  Think Erkine ride stick with a beefier tip.

There are lots of cool videos and more over at VF.com’s Lenny White page.

Lenny White Article from Traps

Man, Drum! just loves giving it away!  They’ve just offered a free PDF download of the excellent Lenny White article from the Summer 08 issue of Traps.

For fusion fans, the prospect of Return To Forever getting back together again after all these years (the group dis-banded in 1976) is akin to a Beatles reunion, and for the past few decades seemed about as unlikely. Corea was the lone holdout in recent years. While Clarke, Di Meola, and White had been lobbying for an RTF reunion, the three were unable to persuade Corea to take up the cause, until now.

Return to Forever Back Together and Touring!

Source Return2Forever.com

Return to Forever’s classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al Di Meola and drummer Lenny White have announced a tour that will represent their first extensive engagements together in 30 years.

The foursome will play more than 50 dates across North America and Europe, featuring primarily classic music from their chart-topping albums. Beginning in Austin, Texas, on May 29th, the legendary supergroup will swing across the U.S. and Canada in June, cross the Atlantic for July dates in Europe from Lithuania to London, then return to the States for an East Coast run of major venues.

This is huge news indeed. If they come near your town, you need to check this out!