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Cymbal Choices of the Greats

The Prof is in...Billy Ward

Posted by Gareth Makin on

The Prof is in...Billy Ward

'Big Time'. I remember when I first saw Billy Ward play on the Modern Drummer Festival DVD in 2008.  I had no idea who this genial looking guy was (not being familiar with his resume and recorded work - of that, more later), but taking a look at his (ergonomically - yes, I am 'that' guy) kit set up and all of the interesting bits on it, I was kinda hooked before he played a...erm..note? His approach was loose, open and fluid, with an easy command of the tunes he was playing (and let's not forget, in this situation these...

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The Prof is in...Carlos Vega

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The Prof is in...Carlos Vega

In this blog I'd like to turn the spotlight on a drummer and musician that not many of you may know.  I came across the drummer in question through a friend of mine (a fine drummer and educator) who directed me to a live recording by James Taylor (and for those who already know, give yourselves a pat on the back and go and put the kettle on).  The track in question was 'Country Road' (a set list staple) and the bit he wanted me to listen to was the breakdown section at the end.  'Just check the drummer out'...

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The Prof is in...Stewart Copeland

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The Prof is in...Stewart Copeland

This blog brings us around to a member of a group of drummers that grace the pages of most of the worlds drum magazines on a fairly regular basis.  He has been instrumental in influencing a plethora of players with his urgent, cross-cultural style and a strong tie to a very authentic reggae feel.  He has composed pieces for Gamelan (look it up, it's tuned percussion and it sounds fab) and orchestra, scored for films and TV shows and golf-gloved (white, Foot-joy if you're interested) his way through turbulent times with the band he's most known for, The Police. The...

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The Prof is in...contemplative mood

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The Prof is in...contemplative mood

For those expecting another breakdown on the cymbal set ups of those fabulous drummers that we all like to listen to or look at, or in some small (or large in some) way, emulate (I like to use the word 'emulate' as it sounds much better than copy, we are all ourselves even when we are trying to be other people) then they may be disappointed.  But wait, don't leave just yet dear readers, for this post I'm going to tack a little differently and you may leave the page slightly energized (with a zee).  Or you may not. I...

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The Prof is in. Steve Jordan

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The Prof is in. Steve Jordan

Funk, Pop, Jazz, Cool.  Four big words to describe a drummer, songwriter and producer who has commanded respect from his peers and from the music listeners (that would be us then) and watchers (yes, we do that too) since the early 1970's. Work on Late Night with David Letterman, to The Blues Brothers, to Eric Clapton, to Keith Richards and the Stones and to John Mayer and The Verbs, Jordan brings a deep pocket and open ear(s) - he has two functioning ones, I checked) to every situation. His production credits maybe even eclipse his playing ones with the likes...

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