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Cymbal Choices of the Greats — Jeff Porcaro

The Prof is in...Carlos Vega

Posted by Gareth Makin on

In this blog I'd like to turn the spotlight on a drummer and musician that not many of you may know.  I came across the drummer in question through a friend of mine (a fine drummer and educator) who directed me to a live recording by James Taylor (and for those who already know, give yourselves a pat on the back and go and put the kettle on).  The track in question was 'Country Road' (a set list staple) and the bit he wanted me to listen to was the breakdown section at the end.  'Just check the drummer out'...

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The Prof is in. Jeff Porcaro

Posted by Gareth Makin on

After featuring Shannon Forest in the last cymbal set up blog, it seemed important to follow on with one of his (and many other peoples) influences, the ever present (turn on the radio) and (in my humble opinion) brilliant Jeff Porcaro. I can't write much here that will be new for anyone to read but if you haven't heard of him I'll try to do some 'filling' (see what I did there...it's a blog about drummers and they play fills...oh, never mind). Son of the venerable Joe Porcaro (a great drummer in his own right) and brother to a great...

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The Prof is in. Shannon Forest

Posted by Gareth Makin on

Next up to the plate on our run through drummers cymbal set ups is Nashville great Shannon Forest. He's been working in country music central since 1991 and racked up a very impressive resume covering recording dates with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw (and many more besides).  Couple this with more than a few Academy of Country Music Awards for his work and dates with Michael McDonald, you could quite rightly say this guy has considerable skills and musicality.  In fact it was his work with McDonald that put him on Toto's radar and we all...

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