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Gigbag: November 2007

Afro-Cuban Drumming for the Drumset DVD

Knowing Afro-Cuban rhythmic styles is mandatory for the modern jazz and fusion drummer, though jazz-ed resources sorely underestimate the demand for quality Latin-jazz instruction. Phil Maturano’s new expertly produced DVD, Afro-Cuban Drumming for the Drumset, is a step in the right direction. Maturano aims to teach drummers to adapt Afro-Cuban percussion patterns usually heard on congas, claves and timbales to the drum set.

The Art of Playing With Brushes DVD

Swinging hard and fast is fine, but what do you do when the bandleader calls a ballad? Drop bombs on “Smile” and you’re fired for sure-better learn to use those brushes. Luckily, Hudson DVD has released The Art of Playing With Brushing, a definitive multi-media instruction set that includes two DVDs, a 17-track play-along CD and a 36-page booklet. And, oh yeah, the lessons just happen to be taught by jazz drum icons like Billy Hart, Eddie Locke, Joe Morello, Ben Riley, Ed Thigpen and Louie Bellson.

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