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Cymbal Choices of the Greats — paiste

The Prof is in...contemplative mood

Posted by Gareth Makin on

For those expecting another breakdown on the cymbal set ups of those fabulous drummers that we all like to listen to or look at, or in some small (or large in some) way, emulate (I like to use the word 'emulate' as it sounds much better than copy, we are all ourselves even when we are trying to be other people) then they may be disappointed.  But wait, don't leave just yet dear readers, for this post I'm going to tack a little differently and you may leave the page slightly energized (with a zee).  Or you may not. I...

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The Prof is in. Steve Jordan

Posted by Gareth Makin on

Funk, Pop, Jazz, Cool.  Four big words to describe a drummer, songwriter and producer who has commanded respect from his peers and from the music listeners (that would be us then) and watchers (yes, we do that too) since the early 1970's. Work on Late Night with David Letterman, to The Blues Brothers, to Eric Clapton, to Keith Richards and the Stones and to John Mayer and The Verbs, Jordan brings a deep pocket and open ear(s) - he has two functioning ones, I checked) to every situation. His production credits maybe even eclipse his playing ones with the likes...

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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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