Monday, March 21, 2011

Pioneers, Mentors, and Friends

This is what it’s all about: the older generation passing on the knowledge to the newer generation! If one has been fortunate to have had someone give them a hand in getting on the elevator that’s going “up”, it’s then our/your responsibility to send the elevator back down, so that someone else can also have that opportunity.

An example of this is seen in this clip, wherein the late, great Tata Guines is jamming with a young and talented Havana youth who goes by the name of “Lucumi”.

This other clip also features some more Latin drumming pioneers, friends, and mentors. It’s a great compilation…enjoy! Of notable mention are friends Eddie “Gua-Gua” Rivera on bass and Steve Berrios on timbales, performing in the Mongo Santamaria Band!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More DrumBrothers!

Hello, Friends!

As you know, this blog is dedicated to music and drumming and, while this supposition embraces the unlimited percussive expressions worldwide, I most often fancy featuring many of my close DrumBrothers from all around the globe.

Here’s an archive clip featuring one of the most influential fusion trap drummers of American music: Steve Gadd!

Here’s another sensational DrumBrother (composer and pianist!) who is very dear to my heart: Tommy Campbell! Our friendship goes back more than a few decades, during which time we toured, recorded, and performed together in bands such as The Manhattan Transfer and Ray Anderson’s Alligatory Band, as well as Tommy’s own band.

This performance in Budapest also counts with the participation of Attila Laszlo on guitar, Olah Kalman on piano, Bela Latmann on bass, and Horvath Kornel on percussion.

Enjoy! :-)

Another deeply creative DrumBrother (and Manhattan Transfer Alumni) whom I love to perform with is Cliff Almond! In this first clip, he is featured with the Michel Camilo Trio, performing in Spain.

In this next clip, Cliff is featured performing in New York City alongside Wayne Krantz on guitar and John Patitucci on upright bass!