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Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,010
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Brush Drumming Inspiration

+1 for Zorn.

A couple of names to add from the jazz world: Connie Kay of MJQ fame, and John Poole who played and was manager for Anita O'Day for over 30 years. John Poole is my personal...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2013, 10:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 741
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Carlos Santana meets his homeless drummer..

Plus 1 for that. I saw him around the same time frame in a club on the Pacific Coast somewhere north of San Diego and had a similar experience and impression both of him and the band. They were...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Yusef Lateef

Oh wow, thanks for posting this notice. I am a big fan and am very sad to learn of his passing. He was amazing in concert, played the flute like the soaring of the fleetest of birds. And he could...
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 481
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Brushes Sources

All the guys cited are great and well worth watching and learning from. Two of my favorites have not been mentioned yet. John Poole, who can be found backing up Anita O'Day on the majority of her...
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2013, 11:08 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,671
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Dw Lugs UGLY!!!!!

I am glad to see someone set the record straight. Camco didn't do anything innovative. Their claim to fame is as an early corporate raider. DW's DNA comes from George Way. George also was the guy...
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2013, 10:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,172
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Under Rated/Under Stated Drummers

Connie Kay is my all time number 1 favorite jazz drummer! So naturally this thread demands my attention. Let me share a few more great drummers you might not have heard of starting with John Poole....
Forum: General Discussion 10-22-2013, 10:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: internal tone control revisited

I played calf until about 1964 or 1965. You are absolutely right that calf sounds better and feels better frankly. This is never more the case than with brushes. Mel Lewis never stopped using...
Forum: General Discussion 10-21-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: internal tone control revisited

I think you are over analyzing this a bit, but you reach correct conclusions. Internal tone controls have no use unless "providing a ready range of tones on the fly" is desirable. That is it in a...
Forum: General Discussion 10-21-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: internal tone control revisited

You and I are of an age and your description of how to use internal tone controls is identical to what I was taught almost 60 years ago. Adjusted properly I can't feel any change in batter head...
Forum: General Discussion 10-18-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: internal tone control revisited

My new steel Gretsch snare drum now has a new Gretsch internal tone control installed. I like the way it works really well. This drum has a lot of overtones and using a tone ring pretty much damped...
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: internal tone control revisited

I just bought a Gretsch internal tone control, which is still made and the best one I have seen. Haven't installed it yet, but these don't rattle at all. The Rodgers unit didn't rattle a whole bunch...
Forum: General Discussion 01-16-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,202
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Brand New Cymbals.... Small Hollow Black Pin Holes

I've got some Zildjians circa 1963 that have bigger pits than this one. No cracks, and they sound pretty good too. I think we can rule out premature failure for them wouldn't you agree?

There is...
Forum: General Discussion 01-16-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Role of drummers throughout history

Umm...did you mean role, or roll?
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2012, 11:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 933
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: can you identify this slingerland snare

This is a student model, 6 lug, 3 ply mahogany. The hoops are not original. Slinglerland flanged hoops bent in at the top, not out. These look like Luddies. The Ludwig strainer is actually a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-19-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,204
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Jack plays drums for the first time

This is my grandson Jack, 15 months old and these pictures speak for themselves.
Forum: General Discussion 11-09-2011, 10:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,318
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Yamaha vs gretsch

Just to reinforce the good advice provided by others already, both Gretsch and Yamaha make simply superlative drums. Play both and decide which you prefer. Bottom line is you can't go wrong.
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2011, 09:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,020
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Your Jazz Supergroup

"...at least 4 different drummers who included Krupa, Nick Fatoole, Dave Tough and Sid Catlett..."

Matt,

Great post and yes history is important to me. It would seem to be important to a lot...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2011, 09:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,276
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Noble & Cooley Alloy Classic snare buzz

Detuning the lugs either side of the wires does help, great suggestion. Thanks. And yes N&C does have snare beds and you are correct about not exceeding the standard snare width.

N&C snare drums...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2011, 09:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,020
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Your Jazz Supergroup

Charlie Christian was the most important pioneer of modern electric guitar, no question about it and I applaud your good taste. And thanks for mentioning him. In the interests of historical...
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,020
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Your Jazz Supergroup

The small jazz group that played before more people and for the most years was MJQ:
John Lewis - piano
Milt Jackson - vibes
Percy Heath - bass
Connie Kay - drums

The small jazz group that sold...
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,097
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Less is more ... but sometimes less

What an astute question. Thanks for asking. My absolute favorite drummer of all time was the late Connie Kay of MJQ fame, who made a career out of the concept of less is more. If you like jazz, I...
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,050
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: kick snare ride. thats it.

A case can be made for the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle for all of us. The simplest set up you are comfortable with is just fine. Play with it and see where it leads you. Like others...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2011, 07:47 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 9,332
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Whats the song and drummer that made you want to play drums?

Cubby one of the original Musketeers on the TV show "The Mickey Mouse Club" played the drums quite well and inspired me as a wee lad to want to play. This was in like 1954 or something. God I am...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2011, 07:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,345
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Santana!

Santana has always had top notch drummers and percussionists. Always. God bless him. But of them all, the best he ever had, in my opinion, is Michael Shrieve. He has to be on every short list of...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,276
Posted By Bill Stevenson
Re: Noble & Cooley Alloy Classic snare buzz

I do get quite a bit of snare buzz on two N&C snare drums, one 5x14 maple, and one 3.75x14 maple. I tried Puresound's sound control set, the ones with the middle section open and snares on both...
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