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Daniel Glass Podcast 010 – A Conversation with Henrique DeAlmeida

POSTED ON September 17th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this episode, Daniel speaks with Henrique DeAlmeida and explores the fascinating life of this Berklee professor, master of the Moeller technique and all around monster behind the kit.

 

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Official Website
http://www.henriquedealmeida.com/live/

Henrique demonstrates his incredible Moeller technique!


A live lesson with Henrique on Drumeo.

Daniel Glass Podcast 009 – [Special Edition] Teaching drummers how to make a living playing music.

POSTED ON July 14th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this special edition podcast, Nick Ruffini from Drummer’s Resource checks in with legendary drummer and educator Ed Soph. Currently a Professor of the Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of North Texas, Ed goes into detail about what he teaches drummers to get themselves to the next level musically and professionally.

 

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Ed Soph playing some great jazz drums. Check out the “trades,” which start at about 2:50.

Here’s Ed with the Woody Herman big band in 1973, playing John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” from the album of the same name. The time kicks in at 0:16, and it is BURNING!


Here’s a great quick tip from Ed about developing an uptempo jazz ride pattern.


Here’s another quick tip from Ed about how to develop dynamic control on the bass drum, because “not every style of music is loud.” Makes sense!

Daniel Glass Podcast 008 – One Week In 1996

POSTED ON May 30th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel recounts one very crazy week in the year 1996, when his band Royal Crown Revue managed to share the stage with both KISS and Neil Diamond.

 

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Royal Crown Revue – looking tough as nails in this publicity shot for Warner Brothers. From 1995, a year before the events of this podcast unfolded.


Royal Crown Revue video for the song “Zip Gun Bop,” from our Warner Brothers album, The Contender.

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For much of 1995 and 1996, Royal Crown Revue toured in a 40 ft. Bounder like this one. We managed to pack 7 musicians, 2 crew, all our gear, two months of merchandise, a closet bursting with vintage suits, a full set of weights and a 10-speed bicycle into a vehicle with an intended capacity of five adults. Ha!

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The show schedule posted outside our dressing room door when we opened for KISS in Omaha, Nebraska. We felt a little bit like gladiators being thrown to the lions.

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Opening for Neil Diamond was a little less spectacular than the KISS experience – instead of an arena, we played in a WOW superstore. But it was incredible nonetheless, especially because I got to meet drummer Ron Tutt, who had played in Elvis Presley’s incredible “TCB Band” all through the 1970s. But that’s another story …

Daniel Glass Podcast 007 – Keep Calm and Learn To Love Jazz

POSTED ON May 8th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel presents the often mystifying subject of “jazz” in simple, clear terms. Here’s a way for you to access jazz that will make the experience engaging, inspiring and FUN.

 

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Learn more about the 2016 Daniel Glass New York Jazz Intensive by clicking here or on the above graphic.

A visit to Steve Maxwell’s legendary custom and vintage drum shop is just one of the cool NYC stops we’ll be making on the Daniel Glass NY Jazz Drumming Intensive, June 3-6, 2016.

In addition to a tour of Maxwell’s shop, this video shares a “rant” from Daniel about why much of the “conventional wisdom” in this department is not all it’s cracked up to be. All drummers interested in jazz need to give this a watch!

“Well, You Needn’t” by Thelonious Monk includes one of those ultra-memorable melodies that first helped me to appreciate the magic of jazz. You could say that Monk was my “gateway drug” into understanding more about how jazz operated.

“Freddie Freeloader” from the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue” is an excellent example of the fascinating “conversation” that goes on between jazz musicians. Each of the soloists brings his own “opinions” and style to the conversation, which is all based around the central melody of the song.

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An excellent book that shares the complete story behind the making of “Kind of Blue,” including the full story behind “Freddie Freeloader.” Includes a foreword by drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last living member of this legendary ensemble. Highly recommended reading!

Here’s the kind of thing that goes on at Cast Party, my regular gig at NYC’s famed Birdland jazz club. We’ll be taking the whole gang to Cast Party as the finale of the 2016 New York Jazz Intensive. Make sure to check out the complete itinerary to see what we’ll be studying, and where we’ll be visiting in NYC.

Daniel Glass Podcast 006 – A Conversation With Steve Smith

POSTED ON April 28th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel checks in with Steve Smith about his recent return to the road with Journey, his new book “Pathways of Motion,” and the Roots of Rock’n’Roll.

 

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Steve and I backstage at Madison Square Garden, holding a copy of our book “The Roots of Rock Drumming.” The pic was taken a few minutes before Steve hit the stage for the first time in 32 years with Journey. We signed the book for drummer Michael Shrieve, who was also on the bill working with Santana for the first time in many years as well. Too cool!

Steve soloing over “La Do Da” on the 2016 Journey tour (solo starts around 3:12). To quote Steve, “I went out like Hulk Hogan. I’m coming back like Bruce Lee.” I think this performance bears out that sentiment perfectly!

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Steve’s new book “Pathways of Motion,” a fascinating study of matched grip. Although we all grow up with this grip, there’s really a lot to it, as Steve’s work clearly bears out.

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The Roots of Rock Drumming, a book that Steve and I released with Hudson music in 2013.This book/DVD package that takes a behind -the-scenes look at the origins of rock n roll drumming (1948-1965), told by many of the groundbreaking drummers who were there and took part in the creation of the music. This history is presented through the eyes of the players themselves, in detailed interviews with 22 of the men who invented rock drumming. Includes a 3-hr DVD with raw footage from many of the interviews.

Daniel Glass Podcast 005 – Tackling Life, Pt. 2: WINGING IT

POSTED ON February 18th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel jumps in to part two of “tackling life head-on.” The topic is WINGING IT – in other words, what to do when life throws you a curve ball and you have to react immediately.

 

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The ultimate in Winging It – Dave Grohl breaks his leg in Sweden … and finishes the show!

Dave sang the remaining Foo Fighter dates from a special “throne” designed to accommodate the broken leg.

Dave brings Ian up to sit in on drums ….

Dave brings up Anthony the crying fan to sing with him onstage.

“Something Colorful,” the vibraphone/bass/drums trio CD I released in 2003.
Click on the image to order

Here’s Royal Crown Revue live on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” circa 1998. When the power went out at the Blessing of the Cars a couple of years earlier, we had to “wing it” with an all acoustic set.

Buddy Rich was a genius drummer who could pick up virtually any musical idea or song on the spot and play it better than anyone else. Here’s a video of Buddy playing double bass drums (and nothing else) in 1949. Three years earlier, he broke his left arm in three places, and played the next three months with just the right. Read about this and other Buddy Rich exploits here: http://bit.ly/1TjtftI

Louis Prima and Co. doin’ their thing in the late 1950s. At 2:41, you can see drummer Bobby Morris playing a ride cymbal that had been buried in his brother’s back yard, creating what I call a “happy musical accident.” Read an in-depth interview with Bobby about his amazing experiences with Louis Prima in  The Roots of Rock Drumming Book/DVD

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When I had ankle surgery in 2013, I played several RCR shows and clinics with just one foot.

Ending where we began, here’s Dave Grohl’s keynote speech at the South By Southwest music conference. The speech describes a lifetime of “winging it.”

Daniel Glass Podcast 004 – Tackling Life, Pt. 1: PREPARATION

POSTED ON January 25th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel defines his philosophy of “tackling life,” and discusses how PREPARATION on many levels can help us achieve our goals, even if we don’t know exactly what we’re preparing for.

 

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Resources, references and links featured in the podcast.

DiBartolo

The great bassist Joel DiBartolo (seen here in his capacity as Doc Severinson’s bass player on The Tonight Show),  was my teacher and mentor at the Dick Grove School of Music. It was Joel who first drilled into my head that “there is no such thing as luck!”

Onstage with the Brian Setzer Orchestra in 2012. My first two gigs with the band were essentially an audition. There was no rehearsal, so preparation was key!

John Riley’s excellent DVD “The Master Drummer” talks about “being the Ferrari.”
To order, click on the cover

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Myself, Mark Schulman (L), and Bruce Becker (R) hanging out with legendary drummers Roy Haynes and Freddie Gruber at one of Roy’s gigs in the early 2000s. Mark, Bruce and myself all studied with Freddie, and in 2014, we teamed up to create the “Triple Threat Drum Camp.”

Gregg Field throwing down with the Count Basie Orchestra in the early 1980s. Gregg’s childhood dreams of playing with Basie came true … but only because he was PREPARED when the opportunity presented itself.

Pulse

POSTED ON January 15th  - POSTED IN Daniel Glass Blog, Wisdom

When you hear a cool song and you’re tapping along, that’s pulse. And if you can tap into this idea of pulse or have that in your mind when drumming, it is going to help flavor what you do, help inform what you do to make you a better drummer.

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David Bowie

POSTED ON January 11th  - POSTED IN Daniel Glass Blog, Music History

David Bowie’s first album came out in 1967, when I was just a year old. His final album was released three days ago. During the intervening 48 years, David Bowie put a steady stream of brave, bold, intelligent and fantastic music into the world, always living on the cutting edge, always evolving as an artist.

With each new decade, and each new incarnation, Bowie’s music imprinted itself on the soundtrack of my own life – providing insight, inspiration and commentary to whatever I happened to be experiencing at the time. The number of musicians who have impacted me in this manner can probably be counted on one hand. I didn’t love all of Bowie’s output, but I always listened – he made music that was worth listening to.

Just last week, I wrote a piece on this page about Bowie’s latest creation, Blackstar, a record that once again defies any attempt at categorization, and challenges our notions of who David Bowie is. I have been listening obsessively to Blackstar since I wrote that piece. Who could know that Bowie designed this record as a parting gift, as a secret that would only be fully revealed with his passing on Sunday. His longtime producer Tony Visconti put it best when he said “Bowie’s death was no different from his life — a work of Art.”

For me, Bowie’s departure leaves a gaping hole in the world of music – an uncalculable loss. How can there be a world without David Bowie? He really did seem like some kind of alien, an energy force to whom the rules of life and death did not apply. Undoubtedly, Music will move on, but my heart breaks to let go of this man who has spoken to me, taught me, inspired me and given me great joy for practically my whole life. I know I’m not the only person who feels this way.

Godspeed, Major Tom – one can only imagine your next cosmic destination.

Bowie

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