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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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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.
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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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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.”
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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.

Daniel Glass Podcast 003 – My Favorite Concerts, Part 1

POSTED ON December 28th  - POSTED IN podcasts

 

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel shares a series of important concerts that impacted his life growing up in Hawaii, and discusses how these events influenced his path as a professional musician.

 

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Arlo Guthrie, performing “The Motorcycle Song” in the early 1970s. This song is emblematic of Guthrie’s folksy, storytelling style – sometimes silly, but masterfully woven together. Great for a young kid with his ears wide open.

Joan Baez, “Farewell Angelina.” This song got a lot of airplay in my childhood home.

John Denver, around the time I saw him in the mid-’70s. The band includes legendary drummer Hal Blaine.

The Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” tour from 1977 was an extraordinary experience that opened my eyes to what a “serious” rock concert was all about.

Boston, on the 1979 “Don’t Look Back” tour. It was my first stadium concert, and it was JUST.LIKE.THIS!!

Journey, tearing up the stage in 1980. This song (“People and Places,” from the Departure album), wasn’t a huge hit, but I loved it and was thrilled to hear it live. Kind of crazy to think that I would end up writing a book with Journey drummer Steve Smith some 32 years later!

Ted Nugent with Carmine Appice in 1982. Love or hate his politics, in the 1970s and ’80s Nugent “brought it” as hard as any rocker on the planet.

Santana in 1979, playing their exquisite version of the Zombies’ “She’s Not There.” This was the lineup I experienced, and they did NOT disappoint.

My experience of seeing the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the early 1980s looked a lot like this. It was an elegant marriage of jazz and symphony orchestra, expressed here in the song “Unsquare Dance” (from 1961’s “Time Further Out”).

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The Police, in 1983 on the Synchronicity tour. The power of a band at its peak.

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Daniel Glass Podcast 002 – Deconstructing “Rock Around the Clock”

POSTED ON December 27th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel deconstructs Bill Haley’s 1950s classic tune “Rock Around The Clock,” and explains how understanding more about its evolution can influence musicians in the 21st Century.

 

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Haley’s first band was the Saddlemen, a Western Swing outfit.

The Saddlemen were influenced by the sound of Hank Williams and hits like “Cold, Cold Heart.”

Jimmy Preston’s “Rock the Joint”(1949) is an early example of what became known as Rhythm and Blues. The elements from which it is comprised – heavy backbeat, honkin’ tenor saxophone, electric guitar and raucous hollering vocals – would all factor into the sound of 1950s rock’n’roll.

“Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (led by Ike Turner), is an early Rhythm and Blues tune that was covered by Bill Haley.

The newly dubbed “Haley’s Comets” recorded a cover version of “Rocket 88” in 1951. Although the band’s sound was moving toward R&B, the country lineup remained intact, and the record is devoid of the drums and honkin’ sax that would eventually play such an integral role in “Rock Around the Clock”.

Bill Haley first encountered the Treniers when both bands were working at the Wildwood resort area on the Jersey shore. Led by a pair of identical twin brothers, the Treniers’ slick, high energy approach to R&B influenced Haley’s decision to change the direction of his band.

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When Haley signed to Decca records, he began recording with a drummer, NYC swing veteran Billy Gussak (also spelled “Gussack”). Although Gussak’s style was closer to Gene Krupa than Ringo Starr, his playing on “Rock Around the Clock” laid the groundwork for what rock drumming would soon become.

A rare 1953 performance of the Comets’ first big hit “Crazy Man Crazy,” featuring touring drummer Dick Richards. Richards was the comets from 1953-55, but quit along with two other members of the band because they were not being fairly compensated by Haley.

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“Rock Around The Clock” was recorded at the Pythian Temple in New York City. The building, with its unforgettable facade, houses luxury condos today.

Trailer for the 1955 film “The Blackboard Jungle,” which featured “Rock Around the Clock” in the opening credits. The film was supposed to be a sober warning about the dangers of juvenile delinquency, but it ended up spreading rock’n’roll to a much wider audience.

Bill Haley &His Comets rehearsing at the Dominion Theatre in London in the late 1950s. Although their sound and instrumentation is not what we would consider “rock’n’roll” by today’s standards, the Comets had more to do with introducing rock to teen audiences than just about any other band of the period.

Haley’s first full-length album shows off some of the most exciting music that you could buy in one shot in 1956. It was the first time a record using “Rock” in the title went to number one on the Billboard charts, or sold a million copies. Still sounds amazing today!
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For an inside look at the evolution of Bill Haley’s Comets and “Rock Around the Clock,” check out my in-depth interview with drummer Dick Richards in “The Roots of Rock Drumming.”
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Daniel Glass Podcast 001 – Understanding “Deliberate Practice”

POSTED ON December 17th  - POSTED IN podcasts

OVERVIEW:

In this podcast, Daniel explores “deliberate practice,” and shows how a deeper understanding of this concept can help us to perform at levels we thought were reserved for “masters.”

 

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Resources, references and links featured in the podcast.

Freddie Gruber – The Yoda of Drumming?

Kenny Werner’s “Effortless Mastery”
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“Talent is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin
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James Clear Article #1 – Learning vs. Practicing

James Clear Article #2 – How Experts Practice Better Than the Rest

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Legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson based his “Triangle Offense” on this 1962 book by Fred “Tex” Winter. Read an excellent NY Times piece about Jackson, Winter and the history of the triangle offense HERE.

The 1966 film “The Universal Mind of Bill Evans,” introduced by Steve Allen.

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