Re: Roger Biwandu here...
Thanks for your message and your very kinds words about my drumming.
Well, of course you know that "Slink" has been written by Vinnie Colaiuta, it's a theme very inspiring, and it's always challenging, (and dangerous ?) to use the music of our masters.
I find that my timing is a pure desaster, I try to be as must honest as possible, not playing what I would love, but just playing what I can, and of course for that the key is to play the music without thinking about the drums, then all comes kind of naturaly.
I love to play along with my favorite musicians, Bran and Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Miles, etc...
I'm not playing the same thing, maybe I'm just playing the ride cymbal and the hh, then I'm just listening the vibe, what happens, the interaction between the musicians...
For the Jazz music my drumming comes from Jeff "Tain" Watts around 75%, then I must have some Elvin and Tony that I listen a lot too, Vinnie is a huge inspiration, so I supose that his drumming can be hear in my playing too.
Thanks again for your message man, all the best.
Tain, Vinnie, Fish, Jeffrey and Stewart are the reason, many other great, and go The All Blacks !!!