Uriel Jones is dead

Uriel Jones (drums)

Uriel Jones (drums) with James Jamerson (b)

One of the three legendary tamla motown drummers is dead. Uriel Jones dies  at the age of 74 in a hospital in Michigan. He was the last living member of the studio session band ‚the funk brothers‘. He was well known for the recordings of the songs ‚I heard it through the grapevine‘ and ‚ain´t no mountain high enough‘ (Marvin Gaye) and played many other famous motown hits in the 60ties and 70ties. If you are interested in having additional infos about the funk brothers, buy this  film-dvd, it´s a really great document bout the works of his nice musician team.

Uriel was born in june 1934 and now dies after suffering complications from a heart attack. Uriel, R.I.P. – we will miss you…on the foto you can see him jamming with the great James Jamerson in 1964 in the club ‚Blues Unlimited‘ in Detroit.

Torsten Zwingenberger from Berlin presents Drumming 5.0

I don´t know, if Torsten Zwingenberger is an international famous Jazzdrummer, but one thing is clear: he is one of the best Berlin jazz drummers. In the german drumheads-Magazin there was an interview in the february-edition 2009 and Torsten described a new style of drumming, he developed. He named it ‚drumming 5.0 and have fun to view a video with a long drum solo. His website you can find here (in english and in german).

Now, the 2nd one: Klanginitiative Percussion

Not long ago I wanted to have a percussion drumset without the natural big noise of a normal drumset. Not so much noise, not so much loudness, but the ability to play real drum grooves. I searched in the whole drumshop-economy of Germany, and the only nice substitution for conventional drums I found in the BC Booster Set, Schlagwerk Company Germany. Here You can find a promo foto of it, I get one of it at the end of last year (2008). And if You ask me, to make a summary of my decision: it was a good decision, I am totally satisfied. One little problem ist, that there is a bottom plate of wood at the 26′-Basscajon (black) with two screws at the bottom of the plate. These litte two ‚tools‘ are to fix the bassdrum-cajon on a typical carpet situation on stage or in the rehearsal room. Everybody knows, that a bassdrum will wander & slide over a slicy surface. These two screws habe to be substituted by other, bigger ones. A bad experience is, that the company Schlagwerk did not answer to my question. For me it is a question of guarantees.

Today I found out, that there is an alternative company on the german market. It´s name is Klanginitiative Percussion, and here you can find the website of this company. If you are able to send other alternative companies, feel free to post details to me. Here is a little video, how it sounds to play this little nice piece of wood.

This nice bossa nova thing…a brasilian style

I had been on twitter, because a nice guy posted a tiny url to a video on youtube. And when I saw the clip, it was Cannonball Adderly with his sextet, playin a nice jazzsuite. Every video on youtube belongs to relations to other clips with similar content. The relation was ‚Cannonball Adderly‘, who was a famous sax-player, and suddenly there was this really nice black/white film for the ‚Bossa Nova Nemo‘. And I remembered some drum lessons with my drumteacher Sabine, doin´the Bossa Nova. What nice piece of music. See and listen:

Quelle: youtube – Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes from Oscar Brown Jr’s Jazz Scene

I can recommend, to play the Bossa Nova, it´s such a cute music style. Find out, where You can find playalongs. In Berlin you can find good playalongs with that stuff here. Something makes me wondering: In such a big town like Berlin it´s not so easy to find jazz musicians and instruments like accoustic, upright bass, horns and so on to do stuff like this. Jazz is another dimension of making music in Berlin. The whole scene in internet and in magazines seems to be a hardrock, rock and popmusic-related music scene. To much rock´n roll and -sorry- not enough relations to jazz musicians. Maybe they are orientated on other kind of relations, who knows more about it?