Various Artists — Modern Drummer Presents Volume One - Drum Nation
(Magna Carta MA-9065-2, 2004, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2004-09-01Magna Carta has aligned with Modern Drummer magazine to bring you the best of who’s out there pounding the skins in the music world today. Eleven drummers on twelve tracks give a severe cerebral pounding to their drum kits in genres ranging from rock to jazz and outright fusion. Leading the charge is Terry Bozzio, who does it all by his little lonesome on the lead track, “A Glimpse into a Deeply Disturbed Mind.” Next up is a new studio version of “Beelzebub,” done up by Bill Bruford’s newest incarnation of Earthworks. This time out it’s Tim Garland on sax ripping the lead lines Allan Holdsworth played on the original as the quartet embraces the track in a new acoustic, but high-energy approach. It’s also great to hear another Zappa/Holdsworth alumnus Chad Wackerman in a new project between Shakti member Zakir Hussain and Journey/Vital Information drummer Steve Smith, which results in a cool east meets west jazz intersection. Chad Wackerman serves up some rip-roaring fusion with a new quartet featuring Daryl Pratt on vibes. Simon Phillips also delivers the goods on “Manganese” that features Jimmy Johnson on bass and reminds me of the old Billy Cobham band circa my favorite Life and Times. Plus there are several other competent players represented as well. Overall it’s a wide plate of chops and brilliant percussion that succeeds in presenting the best of the best.
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more