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LP Rio Stanton Moore Pandeiro

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LP Rio Pandeiro drum

Inspired by world-music innovators like Trilok Gurtu and Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion, many drummers are experimenting with expanding-or even exploding-conventional ideas of the drumset. For instance, the extremely knowledgeable Philadelphia percussionist Jim Hamilton recently showed me a kit he’s working on consisting only of various-sized frame drums, with the largest, tuned low and positioned to his left, functioning as the bass drum, leaving his feet free for using tricked-out pedals to play cowbell or maraca.

For those of us hesitant to plunge headfirst into such radical departures from the norm, Latin Percussion has introduced an instrument that will at least allow you to dip a big toe into the deep waters of re-imagining what a typical set could be. Played and endorsed by New Orleans groover Stanton Moore, the LP Rio pandeiro can be integrated seamlessly into any set-up.

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