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Forum: Drums 02-28-2011, 03:48 PM
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Views: 762
Posted By mikejames
Re: Moving, and selling some Radio Kings

I thought these would go right away, but they haven't yet. Still available, for Radio King lovers.
Forum: Drums 02-02-2011, 10:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 762
Posted By mikejames
Moving, and selling some Radio Kings

I'm about to move back to the "real world", from Alaska, and to raise some money for the trip, have decided to sell most of my Radio Kings. (I'm keeping the snare drum and Rogers pedal.) Excuse the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2011, 01:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,348
Posted By mikejames
Moving - Selling some Slinigerland Radio Kings

I'm about to move back to the "real world", from Alaska, and to raise some money for the trip, have decided to sell most of my Radio Kings. (I'm keeping the snare drum and Rogers pedal.) Excuse the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2008, 05:47 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 13,882
Posted By mikejames
Re: More experience as a drummer, less muffling of the kit..what does that tell us?

I've been playing since 1964, and think it's fair to say that I've tried pretty much everything mentioned here. My dad was a drummer too, so he impressed upon me the idea of playing a decent...
Forum: Drummers 12-04-2007, 05:50 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

Jon,

I couldn't agree more. Those of us who grew up listening to and watching Buddy have an "understanding" of the whole person. My comment was really intended for people who are new to Buddy, and...
Forum: Drummers 12-04-2007, 09:33 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

I've just launched a Podcast series for drummers, and it contains some great insight into the careers of both Buddy Rich and Stan Getz. Episode #01 includes interviews with Cathy Rich, (Buddy Rich's...
Forum: Drummers 08-24-2007, 12:52 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

Buddy's footwork (and everything else) was tremendous. If you listen to his recordings through good speakers, or with headphones, or heard him live, you know that his playing was totally evolved....
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2007, 04:40 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 89,288
Posted By mikejames
Re: THE "BIG" JAZZ THREAD

About ride cymbal playing...

The "pattern"
I think you have 3 choices here... First, you can listen to and repeat all the ones that you think sound good, from a variety of recordings. Or, you...
Forum: Drummers 04-02-2007, 01:14 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

Buddy passed away April 2, 1987.
Forum: Drummers 04-02-2007, 07:49 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: Questions about BUDDY RICH

Basic stuff for fans of Buddy...

Caveat:
Like any drummer, Buddy occasionally used "other" equipment, for example when he flew in for an appearance on the "Tonight Show". So, the equipment I'll...
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2007, 06:23 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 89,288
Posted By mikejames
Re: THE "BIG" JAZZ THREAD

On "the state of jazz", that was previously discussed here...

It's always been tough to make a living in jazz, even if you're one of the excessively-gifted people. Jazz "is what it is", meaning...
Forum: Drummers 11-06-2006, 02:06 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

My pleasure, guys...

In the aviation business, people say that "every generation rediscovers the P-51". In music, and related to drumming in particular. I'd say that every generation will...
Forum: Drummers 11-04-2006, 06:06 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

Often, Buddy performed tunes with just the trio portion of his band, featuring his favorite players. And... Often Buddy would feature one or more soloists in long stretches, with the rest of the band...
Forum: Drummers 07-24-2006, 03:52 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

I'm (obviously, I suppose) a huge fan of Buddy's music. Buddy's playing,along with his "the show must go on" attitude, will be discussed forever, which is the proof of what he was. Of course, our...
Forum: Drummers 07-23-2006, 05:30 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 26,484
Posted By mikejames
Re: Dennis Chambers

I only have one thing to say to Dennis...

Don't stop!

I've just seen the Mike Stern 2005/Paris videos posted today... Damn! Outstanding work.
Forum: Drummers 07-17-2006, 05:50 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Previously-unheard concert clips of Buddy Rich

Hi everybody,

The page I've created at http://www.mikejamesjazz.com/br_clips.html continues to grow...

I've just gotten some materials out of storage, which enabled me to post 3 new concerts of...
Forum: Drummers 07-08-2006, 03:21 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: great buddy rich video

This one, coming out in September, should be a huge hit with BR fans. Buddy is obviously "in the zone" on this one... Can't wait to hear and see it! (The drum solo from "Channel One Suite" is already...
Forum: Drummers 06-22-2006, 12:33 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

Paraphrasing June Cleaver, from "Airplane!"...
Pardon me... I speak Jive...

He says that Buddy broke the pedal spring, and still played it "fast".
Forum: Drummers 06-18-2006, 03:38 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

No.

But Buddy was awarded an honorary Doctorate for his accomplishments in music, from Berklee Colege of Music.

Righltfully so.
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2006, 03:22 AM
Replies: 829
Views: 103,633
Posted By mikejames
Re: Big kit = small Big kit = big ____

I suppose that since we all hear differently, each drummer has to decide if they need more or less equipment based on what THEY hear. It's subjective. I've always used a small kit, so naturally...
Forum: Drummers 06-04-2006, 02:48 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

ALL judgements about ANY art form, including music, are subjective. That is... If you like it, it's great. and if you don't, it's not. No amount of qualification can "prove" that one person is...
Forum: General Discussion 06-01-2006, 01:10 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 25,600
Posted By mikejames
Re: Things you hate to have happen while drumming

Momentary brain damage...

Usually occurs when I feel that I'm doing a great job on something...

Just when I think, "Man, I've really matured", or whatever.. That's when the goofy mistake will...
Forum: Drummers 05-31-2006, 01:14 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Buddy Rich sound

I can guarantee you that the Emperor and Ambassodor thing is wrong.

I know about the Diplomats (MUCH thinner) from interviews with Buddy, spokesmen at Remo, and from physically seeing his drums on...
Forum: Drummers 05-29-2006, 01:49 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: MORE Buddy Rich concert clips previously unpublished

New BR concert clips, from the 1984 Berlin Jazz Fest are posted on my page at http://www.mikejamesjazz.com/br_clips.html These are NICE ones, sent to me by drummer friend, Dag Markhus.

Enjoy!...
Forum: Drummers 05-25-2006, 01:49 PM
Replies: 624
Views: 103,658
Posted By mikejames
Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich

Most of us like to get along with our friends, and with our fellow musicians. That's admirable, and the world certainly could use more tolerance and diversity.

But...
Many organizations,...
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