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I’m dipping into the Vic Firth Artist Spotlight series again for Drum Solo Friday. Keith Carlock is up, and LOOK OUT… this dude has some chops.

Observations:

– Style points for traditional grip.

– Love the constant-right-hand-on-the-ride motif. The slight swing he has in that pocket feels great, and the kick/snare interaction underneath the ride is super hip.

– Open kick drum tone is also super hip (and notably, NOT a buried-beater thing… and he really makes it work).

– I could do without the super fast roll thingy where his left hand always goes to the first rack tom. I’m not saying it isn’t impressive… it just feels like a bummer of a recurring idea compared to the ride/snare/kick stuff.

– Favorite moment: the closing phrase (last 10 sec of his playing)

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