The true masters never stop being a student of their craft and never stop looking for inspiration. Sometimes, that inspiration comes from artists younger than yourself! We can all agree that Steve Smith is a true guru of the drums, but what jazz albums featuring younger drummers (younger than Steve, that is) inspire him?
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or simply in your middle school jazz band, at some point you have to tackle jazz standards, and it’s always helpful to brush up (ba-dum-tss) on learning these tunes. Check out Part 1 of Modern Drummer’s “Approaching Standards” workshop.
1999 Mapex called, they want their bop kit back. What’s old is new again, I guess!
This makes me drool. Taye’s unveiling a new finish for their BeBop kits. This classic walnut finish is seriously mouth-watering. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing and listening to a lot of jazz recently, but my favorite part of this kit besides the finish is the 18″x14″ kick drum. Looks marvelous. Bet it sounds great too! Always been impressed with how Taye’s kits sound. They do great work.
The folks over at All About Jazz have posted up a good mix of three Erskine clips.
Source: All About Jazz
The first clip shows Erskine playing a more-or-less free form drum solo. It was recorded in 2004 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The second video, down below, features the drummer in a trio with guitarist John Abercrombie and bassist Marc Johnson, recorded at NYC’s Village Vanguard. Lastly, the third clip provides a glimpse of Erskine the teacher, as he demonstrates a New Orleans-style groove and solo.
As mentioned on last week’s show, The Blue Note Seven, featuring drummer Lewis Nash, is on tour right now commemorating 70 years of the record label’s groundbreaking history. They swung through Memphis this past weekend, but I don’t think any of the cast was able to make it to the show. However, my teacher was planning on going, so I’ll see what I can find out from him and relay the report on this week’s podcast. In the meantime check out this cool stuff on Blue Note’s site about the group and what they’re about. Also hit up the tour dates to see if they’re coming near you. Even though I missed them this weekend, I can guarantee you won’t want to miss this.
Source: All About Jazz
All About Jazz: Let’s start with what everybody wants to know. How did you get the nickname “Tain”?
Jeff “Tain” Watts: Oh, Lord [laughing]. [Pianist] Kenny Kirkland gave me the name. I was playing with Wynton around 1983 and we were driving from West Palm Beach to Miami and Kenny passed a gas station called Chieftain Gas with a symbol of an Indian with a headdress and he said, “Chief Tain, you’re going to be Jeff ‘Tain,’” and I said, “No I’m not,” but then I could not avoid it.