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    Chick Corea remix/tribute video I made....

    Like many of us, I’ve found myself listening to a lot of Chick Corea’s music lately - the breath and scope of which is just staggering. The world its so much better for the enormity of his contribution and yet so much less going forward for the loss of the music he would surely have made in the...
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    Tim Bogert legendary bass player passed today

    Just read that Tim Bogert passed today from cancer at age 76. He was by far my earliest, favorite bass player. While I appreciated his work with Beck, Bogert and Appice and Cactus - it was his playing with the Vanilla Fudge I fell in love with. I had the good fortune of seeing them play live...
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    A Brand New Christmas Song

    I've known Mark Mattson and Lolita Ritmanis for many, many years (since before their no grown children were born) - Lolita was one of the composers that hired me to play on that Batman Animated film a couple of years ago. Anyway they've been writing an album of new Christmas music probably for...
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    Oh my! The things you can stumble across on YouTube....

    OK - so I've never seen this. And only now, after having seen it, do I have any recollection doing it. But this is obviously a bit of German TV featuring Klaus Doldinger's Passport doing a "lip-sync" promo of the single off the Oceanliner album - filmed sometime during my 13 month tenure with...
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    Friday Five Fer - John “Vatos” Hernandez w/Oingo Boingo

    I don’t know what I was thinking… I should’ve posted this Five Fer last week as for many from Southern California… Halloween and Oingo Boingo are forever linked. Anytime a “underrated drummer” thread pops up here on DFO, John is pretty much always in my post. I have personal connections to...
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    My latest with the kids from the high school...

    The high school string orchestra's teacher/musical director, Jessica took an existing arrangement of this song from "Hamilton" and re-wrote it a bit. The kids have been practicing it as part of their remote learning classes/lessons for the past few weeks - ending with them submitting their video...
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    Friday Five Fer - “Driving The Really Big Bus”

    (Snappy asked if I’d like to do a couple of Friday Five Fer’s - I said, “Absolutely, for sure” - and then was like “OMG..about what??”. So after much pondering… here’s my first one…) I’ve always loved playing with large ensembles - horn bands, big bands… but there’s nothing quite like playing...
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    My Burt Bacharach - Elvis Costello Back Stories

    So for those in the Warwick drummer thread that requested some of my Bacharach - Costello back story - here goes… So Burt first… 1978 - I’m 23 and about 4-5 years into my Los Angeles career since becoming the drummer of the Don Ellis Band following Ralph Humphrey’s departure to play with Zappa...
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    “At Home” performance with local high school orchestra

    Fun stuff - and a little test run of my remodeled room… My daughter in law is the string orchestra director at one of the local high schools. And of course given our current situation - teaching high school orchestra at this time amounts to a bunch of individual video lessons and putting...
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    Gregg Bisonette tearing it up!

    I've loved all of the work from this London based big band led by Louis Dowdeswell - but I think this is his first "everybody playing from home" outing...
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    May The 4th Be With You

    Just prior to things shutting down, I had the pleasure of doing a clinic on odd meters at Cal Poly Pomona - which some here helped me with (thanks folks for all the contributions in that other thread!!). Anyway I took a musical sketch made as a joke last year and expanded into a piece to play at...
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    The Shelter In-Place Drum Studio Remodel

    I could’ve posted this in the “Where Are You Spending Your Time” thread - but I thought, if folks are interested, that I might elaborate a bit on this… and share the saga as it progresses… Back Story… I record at home. I’ve recorded at home for decades. And for 20+ years, I basically operated...
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    Odd Meter Clinic - tomorrow

    So ready or not - I'm doing this thing tomorrow. Ended up being a huge undertaking putting it together - notation examples, video clips, audio stuff, audio with notation, play along things both as short exercises and as performance pieces... I need another month... instead I have this evening -...
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    Favorite Odd Meter song/piece/recording/performance

    So I've been asked to do a clinic/master class on odd meters by a local college. And am kind of deep into prepping for it... what to present, how to present it, etc. And while I'm fairly well-versed on the subject, I really don't want to leave anything important out. So I thought I'd turn to...
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    Remembering Memorial Day Weekend Big Bands at Disneyland...

    I posted earlier today on my Facebook page about realizing that it was 50 years ago this weekend that I first saw the Don Ellis Band live at Disneyland ( A real "that's what I want to be when I grow up" moment for me). Does anyone else have memories of seeing big bands at Disneyland? For a...
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    Some pretty cool Peter...

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    Snarky Puppy...

    It completely slipped by that Snarky Puppy was going to do a concert in LA with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Didn't find out until last week - which meant it was sold-out. But I couldn't resist grabbing a somewhat horrifically inflated priced ticket online as I'd never seen them live - and I...
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    Louis Dowdeswell Big Band

    Anyone else digging this band from the UK? Wonderful arrangements and IMO great playing by drummer, Ed Richardson. Lots of stuff on their YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw35K7s9qXCkxsVhRIlEo8w
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    Early Jeff Porcaro Vegas-type solo breaks

    Just because the man said he didn't like playing solos... wasn't interested in playing solos... doesn't mean he couldn't. Stumbled onto this on YouTube... 19 yr old Jeff Porcaro working in Vegas in 1973 behind Sonny and Cher.. doing that which we are all called upon to do at some point, on some...
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    More Gadd/Aja... an unreleased basic track

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