The Eternal Triangle

Posted on March 16th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: jazz, Moorpark College, video.

This was our final spring performance on 5/13/2006 at the Moorpark College Jazz Festival. We played this at the Reno Jazz Festival, too, but this was the only performance where we pushed it up to the right speed and still played it well.

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Primer to Jazz Appreciation

Posted on March 16th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: jazz.

The Mediocre Blogger has an excellent primer to jazz appreciation for anyone who needs a good introduction. Points are illustrated with some great classics: So What, Freddie Freeloader and Kind of Blue should be required listening for any one new to jazz.

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Gregg Bissonette and the Buddy Rich Big Band

Posted on March 9th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: great drummers, jazz, video.

Gregg Bissonette’s solo really demonstrates many different styles — one of his signatures is the switch, mid-solo, to the brushes. He’s a great teacher — some of the licks in this solo are ones he’s taught me. His video is highly recommended if you’re interested in learning some of his techniques.

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Brubeck: Take Five

Posted on February 22nd, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: drums, great drummers, jazz.

This is a classic that every drummer should study, featuring drummer Joe Morello. It’s not as easy as it sounds.


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2007 Grammy Jazz Winner: Some Skunk Funk

Posted on February 17th, 2007 by Adam.
Categories: classics, jazz.

Props to the Brecker Brothers, Peter Erskine, Jim Beard, Will Lee and Marcio Doctor for winning the Grammy for Best LargeJazz Ensemble Album. Here’s a taste:

Buy it here

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