Posts Tagged ‘ Drums ’

Demetrice Everett – Life

Versatile drummer Demetrice Everett is known by his stage name “Meatdadrummer”, which is also the name of his website. He is influenced by dynamic drummers such as Buddy Rich, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Calvin Rodgers, Will Kennedy, John Robert, Vinnie Colaiuta, Calvin “Coon” Napper, George “Spanky” McCurdy, Chris Coleman and his mentor Jeremy Haynes.

He already performed on albums by Paul Whitley (Come Groove With Me), Sam Hankins (Do That Thang), Marcus Anderson (Style Meets Substance) and David McLorren (Reesonz). His debut solo album is Life (2017).

Featured artists on his first project are saxophonist Marcus Anderson, guitarists Dan Jost, Darnell Taylor, Jonathan DuBose, Kevin Wilson, Rob Barcarrosa, bassists Reginald Jessup, Ashley Doe, Bernard Harris, keyboardists Bertron Curtis, Nile Hargrove, vocalists Marcus Cole, Tyra Scott and rap singer Aniya Williams among others.

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Rudy Royston – 303

Just a few minutes into 303 (Greenleaf Music, 2014), it’s easy to see why Rudy Royston is an in-demand drummer. His play may bring to mind any of several masters on the sticks – a list that includes but is not limited to Lenny White, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine and Harvey Mason.

From Denver, Royston has served as sideman for an array of talent such as Tia Fuller, Bill Frisell and others. His debut is named for Denver’s area code. Sidemen on this date are Sam Harris, piano; Yasushi Nakamura and Mimi Jones, bass; Jon Irabagon, saxophones; Nadje Noorhuis, trumpet; and Nir Felder, guitar.

“Mimi Sunrise” has the sound of daybreak with Royston accompanying a variety of sounds with subtle drum taps and plenty of cymbal splash. The piano adds to the mood. Ultimately, a rhythm begins to take shape, setting up the haunting guitar, trumpet and saxophone play.

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Warren Henry – Signs

Drummer, composer, producer, JPT Records founder Warren Henry was introduced to music at a young age by piano and vocal teacher Parthenia Turner. He later studied with drum instructors Charles Davidman & Wayne Wright landing his first professional job at age 18 playing for Broadway’s Gospel Lady Carolyn Byrd. With Byrd and the Canaan Baptist Mass Choir Warren would play Halls such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully.

Equal to his love for Gospel was Jazz and during those years he would Jam in Harlem Jazz clubs with artists such as Jazz legend, Blue Note organist Reuben Wilson. He was both performer and producer of Barry D’s 2005 Dove Nominated Release Handprint and has also performed, recorded or toured with Ted Lange, All-For-7, Gerald Trottman, Charles Mack, Loni Clark, Chapter 2, Jeanne Ricks, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Daryl Coley, Rubin Singleton, Deloris Bowman, Eric and Sandra Huff, Kabala, The Inspirations of Joy, Eugene Cooper.

He is cousin to multiplatinum Grammy producer and label head Damon Dash.  His debut album is entitled Signs. This seven cut CD features guests Michael C. Lewis on trumpet, Bassist Bryant Wilder and Saxophonist Tyrone Birkett. Contemporary Jazz in the style of Drummers Jack Dejohnette, Billy Kilson, Brian Blade, Tony Williams.

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Marcus Finnie – Boundless

A Memphis native, Marcus “Stix” Finnie began playing drums at church accompanying his mother on organ. From grade school to high school, Marcus began studying classical and jazz music. While playing at Olivet Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, Marcus was told by Grammy winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum that “if you keep practicing and learn to read music, you will play with me someday.” Ten years later during his college days at Middle Tennessee State University, Marcus was invited to record with Kirk Whalum on his album “Into My Soul.”

Since then Marcus has toured with Larry Carlton, Donna Summer, Kirk Whalum, Billy Preston, Joy Williams, Warren Barfield, and Monte Montgomery. He has performed with many artists such as Houston Person, Larry Goldings, Steve Green, Aaron Neville, and CeCe Winans. Marcus has also recorded with Grammy and Stellar Award nominated and winning artists’ Smokie Norful, Donnie McClurkin, American Idols’ Ace Young, country songwriter Rodney Crowell, Vickie Winans, Enrico Galleta, Adam Nitti, Bryan Bellar, and television great Dr. Bobby Jones.

In 2005 Marcus began writing music inspired from sermons, scriptures, family, his wife, and life experiences, a dream of his since grade school. Now in beginning this new journey he plans to perform these pieces not only for listening pleasure, but for reaching hearts all over the world with his music. Following this plan he now released his first album Boundless. The music on the CD represents bits and pieces of this musical journey over the last few years. There is something for every listener to enjoy.

Boundless is available at CDBaby.

Ron Otis – Up Front

Drummer Ron Otis is one of those sidemen, who unpretentiously stay in the background. He performed and recorded with Bob James (Urban Flamingo), Lin Roundtree (Sumthin’ Good), Earl Klugh ( Spice of Life, Journey), Al Turner (Movin’), Brian O’Neal (Daisy), Justin Young (On The Way), Dave McMurray (My Brother and Me, Soul Searching, Nu Life Stories), Alexander Zonjic (Reach For The Sky) and a lot more.

Although his beat might be familiar to us, one has to work hard to find any biographical details about this gifted and modest musician. So let his music speak for him. Every album is a piece of personality and Ron Otis’ debut album Up Front (2009) is no exception.

Many of those musicians, who shared his musical path, gave back to him their thankfulness with their tributes. Among those artists are Tim Bowman, Darryl Wakefield, Perry Hughes, Charles Scales, Bob James, Randy Scott, Earl Klugh, Dave McMurray, Rayse Biggs, Brian O’Neal and many more.

One should Take Time, listening to this album. The beauty of this album reveals after the first notes. Although the tune is melodious, Darryl Wakefield gives it a jazzy twist on soprano sax. Honestly, who can resist Tim Bowman’s sizzling guitar performance?

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Lenny White – Anomaly

Following his triumphant worldwide reunion tour with Return To Forever in 2008 and separate trio tours in 2009 with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke and pianist Hiromi with Clarke, Lenny White was primed to put out his own recording, his first as a leader in ten years. With Anomaly, the pioneering jazz-rock drummer returns to his roots, blending powerhouse backbeats and improvisational abandon in a bold, unapologetically aggressive manner that characterized the early 70s fusion movement.

“We need to restart a revolution so that we can take back the music and stop the fluff,” says White. “I’m hoping that this new album is a representation of that ideal.”

Accompanied by a crew of guitar killers in Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), Nick Moroch (a former member of White’s Astral Pirates), David Gilmore, Tom Guarna and David Bendeth, keyboardists George Colligan, Bernard Wright, Donald Blackman (another Astral Pirate ) and Vince Evans and bassists Victor Bailey, Richie Goods, Charles Fambrough and his RTF bandmate Stanley Clarke, White unleashes with Zeppelinesque fury on Anomaly, his tenth overall recording as a leader.

Largely self-taught on drums, native New Yorker White broke into the jazz world in 1968 with alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. The following year he participated in Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, generally regarded as the album that birthed the fusion movement. He subsequently recorded with a Who’s Who in Jazz, including trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonists Joe Henderson, Gato Barbieri and Stan Getz and renowned composer-bandleader Gil Evans, among others.
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