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Cymbal Choices of the Greats

The Prof is in...Stewart Copeland

Posted by Gareth Makin on

This blog brings us around to a member of a group of drummers that grace the pages of most of the worlds drum magazines on a fairly regular basis.  He has been instrumental in influencing a plethora of players with his urgent, cross-cultural style and a strong tie to a very authentic reggae feel.  He has composed pieces for Gamelan (look it up, it's tuned percussion and it sounds fab) and orchestra, scored for films and TV shows and golf-gloved (white, Foot-joy if you're interested) his way through turbulent times with the band he's most known for, The Police. The...

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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, Todd Sucherman

Posted by Gareth Makin on

I met Todd Sucherman a few years back when he did a clinic at a local drumstore I worked for at the time.  I will say first that I loved his playing (before I met him) and his kit too.  Now, I'm not a real lover of large drum sets (having owned some and well, basically been lost behind them - the dreaded Cul-de-Sac (an English term for a short street that bends back on itself and doesn't go anywhere) fill appeared more than once at gigs) probably due to the gigs I do/did rather than an objection to them...

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The Prof is in. Ash Soan

Posted by Gareth Makin on

We move from one extreme to the other this blog (in both set up and the number of notes covered!).  Last time I covered the monumental chops and musicality of Virgil Donati (whaddya mean you missed it...go find it right now, go on, I'll wait) so I thought we'd go all minimal this time with the UK groove merchant and fabulously well dressed man, Ash Soan.   If you haven't come across Ash yet, hunched over his Gretsch kit, your ears probably have (they just haven't had a word with your brain and let you know it was him).  Sessions...

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