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What makes a percussion album so unique is its array of indefinite pitches and the variety of ways in which they’re used. Dave Storrs uses hand drums, gongs, marimba, tiny bells, hand chimes, tom toms, a snare drum, shakers, and more. Bringing the listener closer to Nature, his song creations leave impressions of wild antelope pitter-patter, raindrops on rooftops, wind-blown reeds, thumps on a hollow log, and native dance. The rhythms of Nature, after all, provide grist for the mill that inspires all forms of dance. Storrs ensures that we receive rhythmic directions from all over the world. At his web site , Storrs mentions that a performance by Sun Ra influenced his early direction in music. So, it appears that out-of-this-world sounds also enter the scene, through the limited use of synthesizers in one or two spots. Creative rhythmic ideas flow, one after another, with changes in texture. Mesmerizing in places, the session has much to offer. The tinkling of a triangle need not be limited in scope. Storrs gives the instrument visibility. For the most part, he uses hand drums to create the rhythms that roll easily over a fresh landscape. Recommended, Another Thing has a message that appeals to our natural instincts.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.