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"Learn everything and forget it all." ~ Charlie Parker
Below is an abbreviated list of some of the drummers I love to listen to. There is a lot to enjoy and equally as much to learn from these players. Not only is their playing a great pleasure, it's an education. Enjoy & soak it in!
(Video: Conga Soul, 1962, Candido on congas)
Juan de Marcos Gonzalez!
Armando Peraza (article)
(Video: Soneros De Bailadores: Tito & Giovanni on stage together w/ amazing solos!)
Raul Rekow (1956 - 2015)
With great sadness we remember the master conguero Raul Rekow who brought excitement and beauty to the world through his conga playing, musicianship and life.
Video: The Poncho Sánchez Band playing One Mint Julep:
Cal and Mongoplaying Mamblues:
Carlos "Patato" Valdez!
Carlos "Patato" Valdez (article)
In Remembrace of Carlos "Patato" Valdez (1926 - 2007)
Brian Blade (article)
Art Blakey (interview)
Jack DeJohnette (interview)
Jack DeJohnette Performances!
Linonel Hampton playing Flying Home on Vibraphone (Vibraharp)!
Lionel Hampton Soloing on Toms!
Lionel singing! Lionel plays vibes and sings! a great rendition of Cute, composed by Neal Hefti, 1965
Billy Higgins (interview)
Milt playing J.J. Johnson's Lament
Milt Jackson (article)
A lesson from Elvin Jones: a lesson in soloing; using the rhythm of the melody to develop a solo
Elvin Jones (article)
Philly Joe Jones!(article)
Gene Krupa (article)
Below: The Gene Krupa Quartet playing a fun rendition of Big Noise from Winnetka, 1967. This video features a great duet between Gene and his bassist . Among other things, Gene uses his sticks to play a gentle and beautiful solo on the strings of the upright bass while his bassist fingers the strings!
Lewis Nash (article); Youtube Videos (Master Classes with Lewis)
Max Roach (interview)
Tony Williams (article)
Boogsie Sharp - Renowned Steel Pan player; many consider him to be the master of the pan.
Pan Ramajay - Steel pan band, consists of five players and an arsenal of nine steel pans and some woodwinds.
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