It’s a Stick Up!
Vater unleashed a bunch of new sticks for swinging drummers at Winter NAMM, among them the Jimmy Cobb signature model (pictured), the Sugar Maple Super Jazz, a Jazz Ride and the Splashstick Traditional Jazz. vater.com
I’m Gadd There Is You
With the versatility you’d expect from such a session ace, Steve Gadd has swung with Jim Hall and scorched behind Al Di Meola. On this new Hudson Master Series DVD, Gadd turns from drummer to teacher, demonstrating rudiments and answering Steely Dan-related queries at a 2006 Manhattan School clinic. $29.95. hudsonmusic.com
On a Walkabout
NYC-based bassist Ed Fuqua authored this new Sher Music Co. volume, Walking Bassics, which aims to coach aspiring low-end masters in building engaging walking basslines. Fuqua’s instruction is well pruned and full of insight, with lessons both theoretical and tactile, and an accompanying CD featuring Fuqua with drummer Chris Roselli is included. $22. shermusic.com
In the realm of guitar accessories, Planet Waves’ Planet Lock strap bordered on revolutionary. The “new and improved” Planet Lock features a fresh design, fastening securely around the buttons on even more instruments and providing Schaller-like security without body modifications and additional hardware. The Lock is available in five different patterns, though most jazz pickers will prefer classic black. $29.99. planetwaves.com