By Andy DoerschukPublished on October 27, 2010
UPDATE: Alfred Publishing has signed on to distribute Billy Martin’s DVD Life On Drums, which is now available for $19.99. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at alfred.com/drums.
Please don’t blame us for being extra proud of DRUM! Magazine columnist Billy Martin. The famed drummer for Medeski Martin And Wood is poised to release Life On Drums, a DVD that blends a cinematic visual sense with an approach to instruction that prizes the intuitive and the creative over the merely technical. While Life On Drums covers Martin’s drumming concepts, methods, and philosophy, he chose to film the narrative as a conversation with his first drum teacher, Allen Herman, rather than speaking into a camera lens. In addition to both musical and verbal conversations with Herman, Life On Drums includes solo performances by Martin, a group of Martin's students performing some of his composed percussion pieces, and a piece featuring Martin alongside three horns (Marcus Rojas, Steven Bernstein, and Curtis Fowlkes). Life On Drums will be released on October by Vongole Films.