It is rare today to hear a group of top level musicians performing at their peak. In a world where music is created to be disposed of like a TV commercial, I find it harder and harder to hear true musicianship shine through. Supergroup albums give us the opportunity to really hear what the best musicians do when they aren't working for somebody else - and it's important that we pay attention at every chance we get.
Recently, I have been focusing on a style of music which was only brought to my attention a few years ago: progressive metal. I started traveling down this path after a friend sent me a link to the Disperse album "Journey Through the Secret Garden." Being a huge jazz fusion junkie, I immediately found myself immersed in the complexity of the syncopated guitar, bass, and drum parts, and fell in love with the variety of guitar tones, combined with often esoteric keyboards.
It is not often that I feel obligated to use the term 'masterpiece' to describe an album. However, when I do, it's always exciting.
Bilo 3.0 is truly a masterpiece. By this, I don't just mean that the songs are good, the playing is amazing, and that the production is excellent. Instead, I mean all of those things, but to a higher level.
Although it's impossible for me to hear all of the great material being published today, I'd like to share my favorite drum performances of 2013. Some of these are videos of concert footage, some are instructional DVDs, and some are albums which were released this year. Feel free to leave a comment if you have a suggestion which I have forgotten. I present these in no particular order.
Only a handful of albums this year excited me enough to count down the months, weeks, and days before release. "Perfect Harmony" by the David Garfield led group Karizma was one of such albums. Take a look at the lineup of musicians, and you'll understand why I could barely withhold my excitement: