Tommy Thomas is a classic example of “the most famous drummer you probably never heard of”.Read More
The color is also an absolutely stunning example of mid 60’s Oyster Black. It almost looks three dimensional and though Ludwig still had this color in 1968, it was slowly being phased out when Ludwig started using the bowling ball version. It’s actually pretty hard to match Oyster Black pieces as the pattern could change from batch to batch. All three drums have this beautiful match and the color is just hypnotic.Read More
These high quality 'Perfection' drum sets were built using shells supplied by Gretsch and Keller with a variety of Gretsch, Rogers, Slingerland & Ludwig hoops, lugs and W&A hardware. W&A received the shells from hardware trades and barters. These particular shells are the 6 ply Jasper Gretsch round badge shells. So basically a 1960 RB Gretsch kit in a very rare finishRead More
The floor tom is the real story with this set. I don't know the history concerning this set first hand, so I am going to put forth a guess as to why the floor tom is a matching Slingerland made Leedy drum. We all know that Bud Slingerland bought Leedy from Conn at the same time William F. Ludwig bought the Ludwig brand from Conn. This was in the mid 1950s. I believe someone had purchased this Leedy and Ludwig set in 1954 as a three piece set. That was not uncommon at all in those days. He later went back to the music store, maybe in 1956 and asked if he could purchase a matching floor tom for his set. By this time Slingerland was able to fill the order for the store to sell to the customer.Read More
Busato was a recognized jazz guitar manufacturer in France, and he produced beautiful guitars, very decorated. He also produced accordions and top of the line drumsets, but drums production was only a small activity for BUSATO's workshop, so they are very rare !!Read More
Roy Burns dedicated his life to drums and drummers. The drumming community owes this gentleman a huge debt of gratitude. I will miss my friend sorely. - Vic Salazar.
Reprinted from Rolling Stone-
"Super Bad," "Sex Machine" and other funky landmarks from half of the Godfather of Soul's legendary groove tandem
Starks' manager Kathie Williams confirmed his death. She said he'd been in hospice for about a week and was battling leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.
Starks played with Brown during the Sixties and Seventies, most notably as part of a percussion duo with Clyde Stubblefield, who died last year. Though Starks and Stubblefield had distinct playing styles, together they created a powerhouse rhythm section that defined funk, and later hip-hop. The duo are among the most sampled drummers of all time.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, one of Starks' many acolytes, Roots drummer Questlove, described the dynamic between Starks and Stubblefield, saying, "Starks was the Beatles to Clyde's Stones. A clean shuffle drummer to Clyde's free-jazz left hand."
Starks and Stubblefield played in Brown's live band and joined him in the studio. They worked on classic albums like I Got the Feelin', Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud and Cold Sweat, while Starks drummed on singles such as "The Payback," "Super Bad," "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine."
Starks also played with other artists in Brown's orbit, including the JBs, Bobby Byrd and Lyn Collins. His drumming on Collins' 1972 single "Think (About It)" has been sampled by an array of artists, most notably Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock on their 1988 hit, "It Takes Two."
"John 'Jabo' Starks was that rock that I built my bass grooves on while with James Brown," Bootsy Collins, who played with Starks in Brown's band, tells Rolling Stone. "He was always steady and consistent never letting me leave the pocket. When you are so young as I was, full of energy & ideas, I would sometimes rush to get to the next One that I am hearing in my head. 'Jabo' held the time and you in synch. I will never forget him and what he's done for me, music & James Brown's Planet-Groove!"
In a tribute on Instagram, Questlove praised Starks' stunning skill and detailed his lasting influence. "It was Clyde that was James' prettiest rhythm master. But Starks was his most effective drummer. It was the 'Think (About It)' break that birthed New Jack Swing culture, B'more/Jersey house and Nineties R&B. It was 'Hot Pants (I'm Comin)' and 'I Know You Got Soul' that really cultivated the classic East Coast renaissance of 87 - 92… His eight on the floor style was so unique in his funk. A serious funk god."
Born in Jackson, Alabama in 1938, Starks taught himself how to drum using a makeshift kit comprising a bass and a snare drum tied to a chair, while the cymbals sat on a dinner stand. At a local club, he played with some of the biggest blues musicians of the era – John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Big Mama Thornton – eventually joining Bobby "Blue" Bland's band in 1959. He drummed on Bland's biggest hits, including "Turn On Your Love Light" and "I Pity the Fool," before joining Brown in 1965.
In the mid-Seventies, after splitting with Brown, Starks began to record and perform with B.B. King. Later, he reunited with Stubblefield, forming a duo called the Funkmasters that recorded music, instructional videos and even helped craft the music for the 2007 comedy, Superbad.
Even as he got older, Starks continued to perform live, holding down a regular gig at a bar in Grayton Beach, Florida. According to its owner, Starks last performed there in March.
"When I’m playing music, man, let me tell you one thing: There ain’t nobody in the world higher than I am," Starks said in 2015. "I get so high playing music, it scares me."
John Henry 'Jabo' Starks was born in Jackson, Alabama on Oct. 26, 1938. He taught himself to play with very little formal instruction. Upon high school graduation he began playing with blues artists - John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and Big Mama Thornton. In 1959, he joined up with Bobby (Blue) Bland playing on his hits “Turn On Your Love Light,” “I Pity the Fool” and “That’s the Way Love Is.” ‘Jabo’ left the group for James Brown’s band in 1965, staying with him until the Mid-1970's. He later began touring and recording with B. B. King.
‘Jabo’ Starks is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.
This drum has been in my collection almost from the start (1995). My good friend Al Schneider aka The Drum Doctor had given me this drum on a permanent loan basis. I’m in between restorations so I figure it’s about time that I clean this all original puppy.Read More
This is Chapter 17 in an ongoing series of conversations, quotes, commentary, and updates with drumming legend Mike Clark. Mike’s keen observations provide numerous insights into ‘all things music’. I ask Mike to just tell it like it is…This includes the good, the bad, and everything else in between.Read More
Not So Modern Drummer features the true-life adventures of Jack Scarangella in our new ongoing series.
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After Gordy’s presentation Joe Morello said…
“I’m so glad you did this! Billy Gladstone was messing around with this when I was studying with him, but he never documented it. I think you took it further than he did!”Read More
After organizing projects released under group names - Nuttree, Another Nuttree & BANN - in past years… Here’s the first one under Adam Nussbaum's own name - The LeadBelly Project w/ Steve Cardenas, Nate Radley & Ohad Talmor The CD was just released on February 23rd on Sunnyside Records http://sunnysidezone.com/album/the-lead-belly-projectRead More
The set really has a unique look to it. I was unfamiliar with the wrap and when I was first sent the photos, I was immediately interested in the set. Further findings led me to see the Rogers version called Black Onyx. The drums were bought from a fellow vintage collector Butch Carlson who owns American Vintage out of Los Angeles. We had met at The Hollywood Drum Show years earlier and he also has provided me with the exceptional 1968 Ludwig Lemon Strata kit I wrote about in March 2016. Thanks again Butch!Read More
He has spent the last 30 years performing Solo Drum Music for Sold Out Audiences all Around the World, from India to Japan, from Europe to North America.Read More
Mickey Jones, drummer for Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers, Trini Lopez, and The First Edition with Kenny Rogers…Passed away on February 7, 2018 after a long illness.
Mickey was also a prolific television actor, appearing on ‘Home Improvement’, ‘Baywatch’, ‘T.J. Hooker’, and ‘Justified’ – coupled with numerous Hollywood film roles. Jones also earned seventeen gold records during his extensive musical career.Read More
“He’s a great jazz drummer—and he hasn’t lost any of the stuff that he brought from Oakland. So now he’s totally free to do both, and he does. The solo he played on the album Thrust, on the song “Actual Proof,” is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums. So many people have remarked about that solo, saying, ‘Incredible.’
-Herbie HancockRead More
Ryan Brown’s gift is in his undying passion for all things Zappa. He has been a fan of the music from his earliest formative years behind the drum set. It is obvious upon hearing him perform that he has dedicated many hours to learning the Zappa repertoire. Dweezil’s band draws from all eras of Zappa, from Freak Out through Roxy and Elsewhere and One Size Fits All, up to Zappa’s later material in the 80’s. They even stop off at some 200 Motels along the way. The repertoire is constantly being expanded with new material for every tour. The exuberance of diving deep into the Zappa vault is seen in Ryan’s face when he performs classic and somewhat obscure numbers such as Holiday in Berlin and Rollo. These are tunes for the hardcore fans, of which he is perhaps the biggest.Read More
Select Berklee students and faculty will perform in honor of and in memory of longtime Percussion Department faculty member Kim Plainfield, who passed away in April 2017.Read More