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Joe Ascione Octet: My Buddy: A Tribute to Buddy Rich

Drummer Joe Ascione writes in the liner notes to My Buddy, “Positive role models are an invaluable asset enabling one to go from imitation to finding one’s voice through self-expression. This CD recording is the opportunity to acknowledge Buddy Rich as the drumming role model who has served as a sort of musical spring board.” … Read More “Joe Ascione Octet: My Buddy: A Tribute to Buddy Rich”

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Eddie Metz and his Gang: Tough Assignment: A Tribute to Davie Tough

Unlike Buddy Rich’s, drummer Davie Tough’s style was notable for its absence of style. Tough might be considered the anti-Rich, forsaking bombast and showmanship for the subtle pleasures of supporting the tune. When he replaced the famously flamboyant Gene Krupa in Benny Goodman’s band, the prickly leader forced Tough to play using only brushes and … Read More “Eddie Metz and his Gang: Tough Assignment: A Tribute to Davie Tough”

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Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief: Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief

If Artie Shaw thought Davie Tough was a musical drummer, he should listen to Eddie Marshall. The San Francisco percussionist not only composed all but one of the songs on this, his third album as leader, but he plays a mean alto recorder as well. Frequent accompanist to Toshiko Akiyoshi, Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin and … Read More “Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief: Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief”

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