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Artist’s Choice: Allison Miller on Drum Duos and B3 Drummers

Where rhythm, melody, feel, space and storyline come together

Hamid Drake
Max Roach
Allison Miller
Allison Miller

Walking down 8th Ave. in Brooklyn, I was thinking about my favorite drummers. What makes a drummer a master? I was running this question through my head over and over again and I caught myself singing “Monk’s Dream” to the rhythm of my walking pace. That’s it! Melody and groove!

Master drummers transform the drums into melodic and rhythmic beauty, expressing their own unique dance. A true master drummer gives equal importance to rhythm, melody, feel, space and storyline. Here are some of my favorite recordings showcasing this mastery. Each performance reaches out and, like a time machine, transports me to that very moment when the musical chemistry was just right.

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