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I always forget how much I dig Roy Haynes.  Dude is legit.  Listing the Jazz greats that he’s played with is the same thing as listing the top-selling Jazz artists of all time: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny… and on and on.  Check him out playing with Stan Getz.

The thing that I really appreciate about Haynes is his perpetual relevance.  It’s expected that a musician with a career that spans 60+ years will eventually start sounding like a tired caricature of themselves, but Haynes has continuously reinvented his approach and stayed modern with his contribution to the Jazz world.  Even now, at age 80, he sounds like he’s on the front lines of the young/ambitious players.  And he is always pulling some ill threads.

As the video above explains, he was recently honored at Lincoln Center, performing the opening night of the Fall JLC schedule with his Fountain Of Youth band, in addition to an “all-star” set featuring Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez and Dave Holland.  Wynton posted some pictures of the evening on his Facebook page yesterday.  I mean, check out that jacket…

The dimensions of a drum and the corresponding sound is something that I don’t think I fully understand.

For example, I recently picked up another black brass RD snare (pictured above).  All aspects of the drum are exactly the same as the black brass I’ve had for 3 years (also pictured above), except the new one is only 5 inches deep instead of 6.5 inches. The new one sounds so different! Waaaay more sparkle/crack/vibrance. Significantly brighter.

I had no idea the slightly smaller depth would have such an impact on the sound of the drum. It makes me really curious about some of my other snares and why they sound the way they do.

Hey all. I’m giving another clinic on playing drums in “church environments” tomorrow morning (9/25). The clinic will run 10am-noon at Bethlehem Baptist Church’s North Campus site. The event has been planned for a while now but I just learned that it’s open to anyone, not just members of the Bethlehem music ministry teams.  The church is asking everyone who attends for a $10 donation, but I don’t think it’s a strict thing so please feel free to come if you’d like to be apart of it.

As was the case with the last clinic I did, tomorrow’s seminar will focus on the mental and technical sides of playing the drums (and playing music generally) in the modern church context, with additional emphasis on the theological aspects of performing “worship music.”

I’d love to see all of you there!

Some of you know that I’ve been listening to a lot of Electronica/DnB/Home-Techno stuff lately.  I came across this just now, a great lesson on breakbeat grooves by Jojo Mayer…

Mayer has a pretty sick live Electronica band called Nerve.  Definitely worth checking out.

Billy Martin is a drummer I spent tons of time listening to in high school and college.  He plays in a number of different Free Jazz projects, but his primary gig is the perpetually grooving funk trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood.

A feature length film about Billy and his perspectives on drums/music is releasing in a few weeks.  Check out the trailer…

HT: Bill Radintz

A very unique, 21st-century, and potentially far-reaching concept is currently being tested at a website called Kickstarters. It’s a new approach to fundraising in the digital world, where you set a goal for yourself financially and then ask people to contribute. If the goal is met by the deadline determined, then you get the money no strings attached… but if the goal isn’t met, then your supporters’ pledges aren’t actually charged and subsequently you don’t get any money at all. Interesting, right? I’m imagining the ramifications of this in the music world could finally throw the label-funding model out the window for good.

As it happens, my friends in the band Halloween Alaska are attempting to fund their “new” (as in, yet to be recorded) album with Kickstarter. Go check out their Kickstarter page and support them, because they rule and because the world will be a better place once another HA album is in it.  They’ve even got some cool kick-backs for those who support, ranging from advanced copies of the record to private in-person performances.

Attention everyone who likes quality gear…

I recently chatted with the crew at MONO, a company that makes super sick laptop and instrument cases.  The guys who run the place aim mainly at DJ equipment, but have now branched out to the general rock world.  The stuff is all designed really well, water-proof, and basically exactly what I want in a case.  I’m always annoyed with instrument cases that only house the instrument itself.  All of MONO’s case and pack models have tons of extra pockets and compartments that are specifically designed for traveling musicians.

I’m picking up the cymbal bag and the “Fly-By” backpack.

I discovered an amazing new term today via a friend’s Facebook page: “rehassle.” Here’s the Urban Dictionary definition…

Noun (RI-Has- El) A very unwanted rehearsal. Used commonly amongst professional musicians especially when the only point to rehearse is to make sure that the singers know what they are doing. Also commonly used as subject lines in emails responding to rehearsal scheduling. “RE:Hassle”

“A very unwanted rehearsal”… aaaaaand, welcome to my life. Hilarious.

HT: Alex Young’s friend “Adam”

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