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Gearhead: Danny Gottlieb’s Hot Sticks

When your résumé includes recording and touring with the likes of the Pat Metheny Group, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Manhattan Transfer, and many others, it’s a given that you’ll be equipped to nail the sound for each setting. But over a career spanning five decades, percussionist and author Danny Gottlieb can cite thousands of … Read More “Gearhead: Danny Gottlieb’s Hot Sticks”

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Gearhead: How Gene Krupa Kicked the Drum Kit into the Jazz Age

In 1909, Chicago was the site for two events that would forever change the role of percussion in popular music: The brothers Ludwig launched their eponymous instrument company by releasing a bass drum pedal, and Anna and Bartłomiej Krupa welcomed to the world their ninth child, Eugene. The pedal, along with other innovations, allowed one … Read More “Gearhead: How Gene Krupa Kicked the Drum Kit into the Jazz Age”

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Gearhead: Dave Stryker’s Plex-able Guitar Mods

For nearly 30 years, Dave Stryker has been nearly inseparable from his Gibson ES-347s. “I saw Marvin Horne playing one at the Village Vanguard with Elvin Jones,” he explained while touring to promote his latest release, Eight Track III (Strikezone), on which he covers an assortment of ’70s pop tunes with the help of organist … Read More “Gearhead: Dave Stryker’s Plex-able Guitar Mods”

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Gearhead: Mindi Abair Stays Unattached

Combine Cannonball Adderley with Clarence Clemons, pour in a large beaker of R&B, garnish with eye-grabbing stagecraft, and you have the essential ingredients of a performance by Mindi Abair. The Grammy-nominated saxophonist, singer, and songwriter—whose credits range from Aerosmith to American Idol to Dave Koz, Jeff Golub, Keb’ Mo’, and her own group, the Boneshakers—was … Read More “Gearhead: Mindi Abair Stays Unattached”

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