Chad Smith Joins Laswell, Batiste In The Process
The Process is a movie that was never released and became a recording instead. It's a set from legendary bassist-producer Bill Laswell, legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and young visionary pianist Jon Batiste that is described as "avant-funk, African styles, electric Miles Davis, Meters, Mutant Hip Hop, Ginger Baker...and more. That's a mouthful but it may be an exact description of the wide –ranging styles, rhythms and hues tackled by the trio.The record, featuring extended improvisation and vocal contributions from Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Killah Priest (Wu-Tang Clan) and others, is several steps beyond what we've come to expect from Chad Smith. Though varied in style and approach the tunes hang together because of the tight relation between the leaders and unusual sonic palette they acheived.
“I wanted to take a risk and be inspired by other musicians who feel the same," Chad said. "There wasn’t any music written before we got to the studio. Whatever comes into your head, grab a rhythm and run with it.
"Jon and I had an unspoken musical telepathy from the very first time we jammed at the church in Harlem. He's the main inspiration for me wanting to do this. Bill is kind of a mad scientist, his work speaks for itself...and it has been cool to see how he works.
"This is very different from the Peppers. The basic recording and music was done in short 3-day sessions. Everyone was out of their musical comfort zones. That was Bill’s idea, and it was challenging not to fall back and go for what you know. I tried not to play grooves I've done before. I know Jon was stretching as well.
According to Laswell the project began "by exploring each other's musicianship, laying out fundamental structures and patterns, morphing them into new and alternate shapes fused together to form constructs - then adding new sounds, words and first-rate musicians to the growing core.." He adds, "I kept saying: it's a Process, it takes time...The result is strikingly unique." The album is out on M.O.D.
- Jon Batiste piano, electric piano, hammond organ, electronic keyboards, harmonaboard, percussion
- Chad Smith drums, percussion
- Bill Laswell
- Tunde Adebimpe vocals
- Killah Priest vocals
- Garrison Hawk vocals
- Toshinori Kondo trumpet
- Peter Apfelbaum flute, tenor & soprano saxophone
- Dominic James guitar
Aaron Spears A Hit At Berkeley Thanks To ZildjianZildjian and the Berklee College of Music recently concluded the 10th year of the Armand Zildjian Artist in Residence Program. This year’s guest Zildjian artist was Gospel drumming phenom and Usher sideman Aaron Spears.
The Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence was created by the Zildjian family in recognition of Armand’s tireless efforts in the promotion of percussive music, principally through the manufacturing of the world-class Zildjian cymbals and the promotion of talented artists. The purpose of the program is to provide Berklee students an opportunity to learn from recognized drummers in a wide range of genres. Past artists-in-residence have included Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, and Antonio Sanchez.
“Berklee has redefined the way up-and-coming musicians hone their craft, while continually raising the level of respect paid to contemporary music around the world,” said Zildjian CEO Craigie Zildjian. There’s a long history of partnership between Zildjian and Berklee, and this program pays tribute to our shared commitment to education.”
“Aaron Spears drew standing room only audiences during the 3-day annual Armand Zildjian Artist in Residence Program,” said John Ramsay, Chairman of Berklee’s percussion program. “During three master classes and a final concert, Spears dazzled students with his deep pocket and other-worldly fills and responded to non-stop questions with patience and grace. Possessing a heart and soul as big as his beat, Berklee students were not disappointed.”
2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest Champion Riesha Fayson To Perform at PASIC 2014
Special Session to take place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM.
The annual PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) show will be treated on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM to featured a performance by 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest Champion Riesha Fayson along with guest appearances and presentations by PAS president–elect Julie Hill, Avedis Zildjian CEO Craigie Zildjian, Tom Tom magazine editor Mindy Abovitz and many of today’s top women drummers and drum industry executives. Riesha’s drum and cymbals will be provided by Hit Like A Girl sponsors Yamaha and Zildjian. The event takes place at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
At the age of 10, when her church needed a drummer, Riesha Fayson answered the call. With her natural talent and a variety of Gospel, Pop, R&B and Jazz influences to draw from, Riesha continued to develop her skills and musicianship at church and beyond. In 2014 she was chosen as the winner of the Hit Like A Girl female drumming contest and, today, she intends to continue her education, become a high school music teacher, tour with a band and start a group to mentor female musicians.
“Growing up in a family of 8, there wasn’t a lot of money to take lessons or buy equipment— not even drum sticks— but I never allowed that to stop me from finding other ways to improve my drumming,” Riesha explains. “My advice to all musicians— especially female musicians— is dream big. Don’t limit yourself and don’t let anyone else limit you, either.”
As the quantity, quality and influence of the female drumming community has grown in the drumset, world percussion, marching, concert and industry segments over the past few years, Hit Like A Girl’s contest as well as other public awareness activities have been developed to celebrate, facilitate and accelerate this trend.
The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest opens Friday, January 23, 2015. For information visit http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com and follow it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Jojo Mayer Returns With All-New Secrets
New York, NY (October 21, 2014) – Hudson Music has announced the much-anticipated release of Jojo Mayer’s second DVD, Secrets Weapons for the Modern Drummer Pt. 2: A Guide to Foot Technique. In this sequel to his award-winning bestseller on hand technique, Jojo Mayer covers a wide range of techniques, from the most fundamental to the most sophisticated. State-of-the-art visualization and in-depth analysis offer easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for drummers of every skill level. explains every aspect of foot technique and pedals—and for the first time reveals the inner workings of his own technique in great detail.
Contents include bass drum technique fundamentals including heel-down and heel-up playing, playing “in” vs. “out” of the bass drum, the pivot, bass drum hybrid techniques such as double strokes, the constant release technique, exploiting rebound/dislocated spring exercise, the rocking motion, the swiveling technique, the heel-toe technique, the Mayer power slide technique, grouping exercises, the Moeller pumping motion and Jojo’s personal “secret weapon” techniques.
Also included is a complete discussion of the history of the bass drum pedal, anatomy of the pedal, a guide on adjusting your pedals, overview of the perfect balance pedal, discussion of shoes, single vs. double pedal, and a complete analysis of the hi-hat, from its history to setup to playing techniques. Jojo also covers useful topics such as speed, control, managing beater flutter, balance on the drum seat, seat height and posture, and single and double stroke coordination. Additional bonus material, tips and performance clips are included as well.
“After the success of Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer, one of the best-selling drum DVDs in history, we are really thrilled to present this new guide from Jojo, who is one of the foremost authorities on drum technique in the world,” said Hudson Music President Rob Wallis. “We are certain this new DVD will take its place among the classics of drum education while helping drummers worldwide improve their playing.”
Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer Pt. 2: A Guide to Foot Technique runs four hours and 25 minutes over 3 discs. Price $39.99. http://www.hudsonmusic.com
Sabian Cymbal Set-Up Site Returns
Sabian has brought back its popular Set-Up Builder and made some new improvements. The new version of the Set-Up Builder allows users to build multiple kits and save them, listen to high-quality sound samples, and easily share their set-ups. Top Sabian endorsers will also get busy creating their own set-ups, where all of their activity is automatically updated live to their profile pages on the Sabian website.
According to Sabian Online Marketing Coordinator Katie Bursey, “Building a set-up, keeping it up-to-date and sharing on social media is a great way to stay in touch with drummers everywhere. And with our new, high-quality Sabian sound samples, it’s also a great way to try new cymbals before you buy – the new Builder allows you to hear how they blend with your current set-up.”Check it out at CymbalSetup.com.