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Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5

Miles Davis’ haunting rasp “Teo … play that … Teo … Teo … Teo … Teo … play that,” closing “Gingerbread Boy” on your worn-out vinyl copies of Miles Smiles, was only the tip of the iceberg. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that second studio album from the Second Great Miles Quintet, Sony/Columbia/Legacy has … Read More “Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5”

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Get in the Rings: Sabian’s AAX Omni Cymbals

I still remember the drumset my mom provided as a wonderful surprise birthday present, a preemptive move to protect the windowsills and tabletops from any further damage by a pair of sticks I had liberated from my grade school. My Ludwig four-piece came with a snare stand, a pedal, and a bass drum accommodating a … Read More “Get in the Rings: Sabian’s AAX Omni Cymbals”

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Pearl Reference Series Drums

Six years ago Pearl launched its Masterworks Series, which rethought drum acoustics. The Masterworks concept allowed drummers to custom-choose the wood and thickness for each drum’s shell. Putting further research into the sonic properties of drum shells has led Pearl to its new Reference Series, which expands on the Masterworks concept to incorporate two different … Read More “Pearl Reference Series Drums”

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Maryland Drum Company Timepiece Drums

My personal variation on Dexter Gordon’s line in the film ‘Round Midnight extolling “a nice, wet Rico reed” would be “happiness is a ’60s Gretsch 14-inch floor tom.” As evidenced by Maryland (ne Baltimore) Drum Company’s Timepiece Series kit, founder/product specialist Keith Larsen and partner/woodworker John Coale apparently concur. Drummers searching for that esoteric combination … Read More “Maryland Drum Company Timepiece Drums”

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CLE Ratio Drum Kit

I won’t pretend to understand what Michael Latini is talking about when he explains his “ratio” drum-building concept. My eyes glaze over and the sound of Coltrane starts to play in my head. But whatever it is, it works. CLE stands for “Carol Latini Enterprises” (Michael’s wife). R&D began in 1998 and the production shop … Read More “CLE Ratio Drum Kit”

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Elvin Jones: The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones Sessions

When the stylistic development of drum-set playing in the history of jazz is researched, the logical progression from Zutty Singleton, Chick Webb, “Big Sid” Catlett and Jo Jones to Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Art Blakey and Philly Joe Jones is fairly evident. As Max Roach explained, “We’re all standing on the shoulders of giants.” Next … Read More “Elvin Jones: The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones Sessions”

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