1. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead celebrates drummer Kenny Clarke's incredible contribution to jazz:

January 9th marks the 100th birthday of drummer Kenny Clarke. One of the founders of bebop, Clarke is less well-known than allies like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, but his influence is just as deep.
That thing that jazz drummers do — that ching-chinga-ching beat on the ride cymbal, like sleigh bells? It gives the music a light, airy, driving pulse. Clarke came up with that, and that springy shimmer came to epitomize swinging itself.
Before him, jazz drummers kept time lightly on the bass drum. Kenny Clarke used bass drum sparingly, often tethered to his snare, for dramatic accents in odd places — what jazz folk call “dropping bombs.” He drew on his playing for stage shows, where drummers punctuate the action with split-second timing. Clarke kicked a band along.

image via drumlessons

    Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead celebrates drummer Kenny Clarke's incredible contribution to jazz:

    January 9th marks the 100th birthday of drummer Kenny Clarke. One of the founders of bebop, Clarke is less well-known than allies like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, but his influence is just as deep.

    That thing that jazz drummers do — that ching-chinga-ching beat on the ride cymbal, like sleigh bells? It gives the music a light, airy, driving pulse. Clarke came up with that, and that springy shimmer came to epitomize swinging itself.

    Before him, jazz drummers kept time lightly on the bass drum. Kenny Clarke used bass drum sparingly, often tethered to his snare, for dramatic accents in odd places — what jazz folk call “dropping bombs.” He drew on his playing for stage shows, where drummers punctuate the action with split-second timing. Clarke kicked a band along.

    image via drumlessons

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Name That Drum Fill

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    Name That Drum Fill

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  1. For me, it’s all fly poop on white paper.

    — Han Bennink, on musical notes. [Bennink doesn’t read music. He drums. And drums. And drums. Watch. ]

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  1. Meet Han Bennink, the jazz drummer who makes music out of anything: “”What is music, anyway? It’s just like organized sound. And what’s organized? Who decides that?” View in High-Res

    Meet Han Bennink, the jazz drummer who makes music out of anything: “”What is music, anyway? It’s just like organized sound. And what’s organized? Who decides that?”

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  1. Tomorrow:Jazz drummer Han Bennink takes over our studio (pictured above in shaky video taken by yours truly) and drums on every object he can find.

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  1. Dutch drum maestro Han Bennink plays a drumkit made of cheese.

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    Dutch drum maestro Han Bennink plays a drumkit made of cheese.

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  1. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on drummer Owen Howard's new album: Drums are woven into the arrangements he writes, but he’s still got room  to react to what the other players are doing: to amplify or challenge a  mood or melody, to hold fast or move along, to shade the action or add  contrast. View in High-Res

    Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on drummer Owen Howard's new album: Drums are woven into the arrangements he writes, but he’s still got room to react to what the other players are doing: to amplify or challenge a mood or melody, to hold fast or move along, to shade the action or add contrast.

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