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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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    Aja... the basic track

    I saw this posted on Facebook. Don't know the source or circumstance of this mix, but thought it might be interesting to hear for many of us (It was for me!) Anyway - the basic track before any vocals... any overdubs went down... Michael Omartian - acoustic piano Joe Sample - electric piano...
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    Follow-up to the "What Is This Sound?" thread...

    So I thought I'd share a bit of the end result of project that had me scratching my head as to how re-create the sound discuss in the earlier thread... http://www.drumforum.org/index.php?/topic/144450-what-is-this-sound/ So the gig was to try and do a re-creation of the drums and percussion...
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    What is this sound?

    So... doesn't anyone know what this sound is? How it's played? What's it called? Not the underlying gong ambience - but the wild animal, rattlesnake type sound. Any thoughts? Thanks - David
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    Who played that theme?

    Well lots of the time... it was John Guerin. Saw this on Facebook... so thought I'd pass it along here... http://johnguerindiscography.blogspot.com/2016/10/whoplayedthattheme-john-guerin.html?m=1
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    Another release to share...

    A dear, long time friend and collaborator of mine, Craig Pallett ( http://craigpallett.com ) recently went back to school to earn his Masters Degree in Composition. Which resulted in him writing a whole bunch of new music for a wide variety of ensembles. As some of it had gotten recorded during...
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    To The Batcave...

    So for months and months, I've been wanting to share about getting the call to work on this, but was sworn to secrecy as to the project even existing. Then it was announced at ComicCon - and during and since I've been so distracted with other stuff, the whole thing just slipped right by me...
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    Another Don Ellis chart... not Whiplash

    Also this time, not written by Hank Levy. This is actually one of the last pieces Don wrote for his big band, one that never properly got recorded or released. As for the chart - I've made a few modifications to it, so it would match the form of the performance of the audio/video without...
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