Category Archives: Drums and Percussion

KAT Percussion Introduces malletKAT 8.5 with Groundbreaking gigKAT 2 Controller

Drummer’s Review There’s a saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but KAT Percussion is proving that saying wrong. While not necessarily old, the malletKAT 8.0 has been using a controller process that has been around for a very long time; hooking into a laptop in order to control the malletKAT, and … Continue reading KAT Percussion Introduces malletKAT 8.5 with Groundbreaking gigKAT 2 Controller

Triple Percussion Team of Chad Taylor, Mikel Patrick Avery, and John Herndon Power Rob Mazurek’s Dimensional Stardust

Modern Drummer Magazine Rob Mazurek’s upcoming album with Exploding Star Orchestra, Dimensional Stardust, which is due November 20 on International Anthem/Nonesuch Records, is bolstered by a rhythm section featuring a trio of cutting-edge drummers: Chad Taylor, Mikel Patrick Avery, and John Herndon. All three drummers are heavy hitters on the fertile Chicago experimental rock and jazz scene, of which … Continue reading Triple Percussion Team of Chad Taylor, Mikel Patrick Avery, and John Herndon Power Rob Mazurek’s Dimensional Stardust

Nasheet Waits Joins New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Faculty

Modern Drummer Magazine New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired renowned drummer, composer, and educator Nasheet Waits to join the jazz faculty beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. In addition to his work as a leader, Waits is widely known for his performances and recordings with a jazz greats including Antonio Hart, Geri Allen, … Continue reading Nasheet Waits Joins New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Faculty

Exclusive: ”MY FATHER’S EYES” LYRIC VIDEO: PEDRITO MARTINEZ AND ERIC CLAPTON

Modern Drummer Magazine We are happy to announce the premier of the lyric video for ”My Father’s Eyes” performed by Pedrito Martinez and Eric Clapton.  In July of 2018, Pedrito Martinez entered a small studio in a beautiful neighborhood in London to record vocals and guitar with Eric Clapton on a reimagined version of a very personal song that … Continue reading Exclusive: ”MY FATHER’S EYES” LYRIC VIDEO: PEDRITO MARTINEZ AND ERIC CLAPTON

Tabla Master Zakir Hussain Joins Julian Lage and Charles Lloyd for Healdsburg Jazz Live Stream

Modern Drummer Magazine On Saturday, September 26, Healdsburg Jazz presents the world premiere of Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, and Julian Lage playing together as a trio, to be streamed live around the world. Each musician will be driving to the intimate wine country town in Northern California for this real-time live show. The group will … Continue reading Tabla Master Zakir Hussain Joins Julian Lage and Charles Lloyd for Healdsburg Jazz Live Stream

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Shell Pack – Drummer’s Review

Drummer’s Review Here’s our review of a set of a Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple shell pack, featuring… 20″ x 16″ bass drum, 12″ x 8″ rack tom, 14″ x 13″ floor tom, 16″ x 15″ floor tom, 14″ x 6″ matching snare drum, Vintage Natural finish (outside & inside), 7-ply hybrid maple shells – 1-ply Wenge sandwiched … Continue reading Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Shell Pack – Drummer’s Review

JR Robinson and Future Youth Records Team Up to Help Youth Create World Peace Day Album

Modern Drummer Magazine This past Saturday, September 21, Future Youth Records, a nonprofit record label based in California that works with youth to create and distribute music promoting social justice—and that is spearheaded by a group of professional drummers—released their first Think Peace campaign album in honor of World Peace Day. The album is a … Continue reading JR Robinson and Future Youth Records Team Up to Help Youth Create World Peace Day Album

In Tribute to a Tribute: Reflections on the Modern Drummer Festival 2020

Modern Drummer Magazine by Fred W. Gretsch   This past Saturday, September 12 saw the return of one of drumming’s great events: The Modern Drummer Festival. Not held since 2011, this year’s Festival marked the 20th in its iconic history. Of course, given the nature of the times, the 2020 Festival couldn’t be held in … Continue reading In Tribute to a Tribute: Reflections on the Modern Drummer Festival 2020

Dafnis Prieto “Amanecer Contigo” Video Premiere

Modern Drummer Magazine Dafnis Prieto, who will be featured in an upcoming issue of Modern Drummer, has allowed us to premiere a performance video of the “Amanecer Contigo,” the leadoff track of his new album, Transparency. The album comes out on Friday, October 2, on Dafnison Music. Like most of the tracks on Transparency, “Amanecer … Continue reading Dafnis Prieto “Amanecer Contigo” Video Premiere