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Mixed Reviews – Erskine + Black, Biggin and Heaney

The Drummers Lifeline - Peter Erskine and Dave Black This little book is one for the tour bus, or a train journey, or just anywhere you may have a few minutes to kill (you can use your imagination). Absolutely chock full of little tips, this book contains over 80 ideas that will help you address

By | 2018-12-15T00:56:07+00:00 December 15th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Will Hull-Brown of The Cat Empire

Sometimes you discover a band that get right under your skin and someone who’s playing speaks to you in a new and exciting way. I couldn’t believe despite being a huge festival band for the best part of 16 years I was unable to find an interview with Will Hull-Brown, so I went and tracked

By | 2018-11-15T14:08:12+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|Comments Off on Will Hull-Brown of The Cat Empire

Book Reviews – Schlesinger, Garibaldi and Burns

Concepts: A Guide to Essential Drumset Processes for the Modern Drummer - Nick Schlesinger London based drummer and educator Nick has just published his own concepts book with the theory behind it being rather simple; drum books are great, exercises are good, but having a wider understanding of, and the ability to use, a concept

By | 2018-10-31T22:32:32+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Book Reviews – Schlesinger, Garibaldi and Burns

Mixed Reviews – Peter Erskine and The Family Silver

Peter Erskine Records The last few weeks I’ve been in a little jazz bubble, enjoying listening to a couple of records by the great Peter Erskine. The first of these is Second Opinion from Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band, featuring alongside Peter, John Beasley on keys, Bob Sheppard on sax and flute and

By | 2018-03-31T23:35:09+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Peter Erskine and The Family Silver

Mixed Reviews – Heaney, Mendoza and Sturges

Fortunes – Mark Heaney This new release from UK drummer Mark Heaney is what I would call a real work of art. I know technically music is one of the arts and most of us consider what we create to be of an artistic value, but occasionally something like this comes along and you can

By | 2017-11-30T14:50:59+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Heaney, Mendoza and Sturges

Mixed Reviews – Cymbomute, Garibaldi, Nickel

Cymbomute Pro 360° If you haven’t seen or heard of Cymbomutes, they are essentially an elastic material, designed to fit snugly over the edge of a cymbal and as such, bring its volume right down for quiet practise. I can confirm that on that front, they have always been pretty great and do exactly as

By | 2017-11-15T09:29:13+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Reviews – Cymbomute, Garibaldi, Nickel

Mixed Media Reviews – Narada Michael Walden, Andy Ziker and Blake Paulson

Evolution - Narada Michael Walden (CD) If you’re not familiar with Narada then you should be! He’s played some very high profile gigs in the past including replacing Billy Cobham with Mahavishnu Orchestra. Now he writes and produces a lot of his own music and this is one such album. I’ve been listening to this

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:55+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Comments Off on Mixed Media Reviews – Narada Michael Walden, Andy Ziker and Blake Paulson
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