The most challenging piece I tackled in 2017 was this cover of "Looking Glass." Big thanks to Evan Marien for creating the arrangement and selling the backing tracks. You can get a copy from his BandCamp store: https://evanmarien.bandcamp.com
Composer, bassist, and producer Antoine Fafard recently released a new solo project entitled "Proto Mundi." There is a CD, but also a video of the entire album performed in-studio by Simon Phillips (see below). It features:
- Antoine Fafard, bass and guitars
- Gary Husband, keys
- Jerry Goodman, violin
- Simon Phillips, drums
For years, fans have been begging for ECM's catalog on major streaming services like Spotify and Google Play. Until today, ECM has refused to release their albums online. Instead, consumers had to hand-select each gem and order a physical copy (the old-fashioned way). This of course was a strategic business decision for ECM. However, ECM management has finally given in. With this move, the coffin of CD sales has been eternally nailed shut. ECM was perhaps the largest jazz label holding out against the online streaming industry - and it's no wonder.
Virgil Donati is notorious for his technical expertise on the drum set. However, not everybody is aware that he is also one of the greatest composers living today. His solo album "In This Life" stands as testament to his capabilities not just on the drums, but as a complete musician. Featuring a huge lineup of A-class musicians like Alex Argento, Jeff Babko, and Marco Sfogli (to name a few), this album is a most-have for every progressive metal fan on planet earth.
Legendary producer Warren Huart shares some great insight on the age old question: Is it the gear, or the player?
Drum mic comparison
In this video, Huart compares an elite, $100k plus microphone and preamp setup alongside Shure's entry-level PGA drum mic pack through a Focusrite Clarett 8prex preamp. The room is at Sunset Studios, which is a legendary LA session factory, and it is truly an amazing space.
I had the opportunity to interview the multi-talented, Dallas-based music-master Valenti Funk. What really stood out to me is his dedication to originality, creativity, and groove. I hope everybody enjoys his music as much as I do.
Few memories stand out to me like when my neighbor gave me a copy of the self titled Pat Metheny Group album. From that moment forward, I had a vision for music and how I wanted to play. Even at age 16, I knew I had to get back into music and I loved the drums (I had played trumpet and some drums through elementary and middle school). Within a few years, I had a kit, an arsenal of books, and a much broader vision of music and how I wanted to play. The online community was just starting to form, and materials were quickly becoming more and more abundant.
Progressive metal has evolved rapidly over the last 20 years. Born from a combination of classic rock, jazz/fusion, and countless metal genres, this style of music comes at you with full force. With countless projects being born across the globe, this sub-genre has exploded recently and is here to stay. The rumor is that the genre's name originated from the sound of the muted, distorted guitar strums "djent . . . djent djent . . . . djent djent . . . djent!"
Songs of Fascination Series
This series is an exploration of songs which at once caught my attention, and never let go. These are the songs I listen to on repeat; that I tear apart phrase by phrase; that I memorize line by line. If you are curious about my taste in music, this is the series you are looking for.