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Keith Carlock

In Modern Drummer's cover story on Keith (pictured right), Ken Micallef writes, "Since his arrival in New York City from Clinton via North Texas State University, Keith Carlock has scurried up the drumming food chain with an inventive style that is equal parts Zigaboo Modeliste fire, Jon Christensen finesse, and Bernard Purdie funk.... Keith Carlock's achievements prove that talent, skill, and determination is no respecter of locales."

Clinton, Mississippi is is where Keith Carlock was born and raised and where he started playing the drums at age 5. In High School, he joined the jazz band, show choir and drum corps. During that period he would also listen to a lot of rock, R&B and soul music - artists including Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, and Tower of Power.

He would spend countless hours playing along to records from John Scofield, Michel Camilo and The Meters, to name a few. Keith also joined several top-40 bands. "I practiced all the time, so much that my parents built me a soundproof room in the garage. I began taking lessons with George Lawrence and later Quinous Johnson in Jackson, Mississippi. And they both turned me on to jazz and fusion."

After receiving music scholarships to Berklee, University of Miami and North Texas State, Keith chose to attend North Texas State University in Denton, Texas because he wanted to study with Ed Soph (pictured left). Of his experience with Ed, Keith says, "He completely changed my approach to the drums; thinking of the drums in a musical way instead of only being a timekeeper for songs. He's able to find your weaknesses. He teaches you how to play jazz standards on the drums, soloing concepts, and ways to get different sounds out of the drums. My technique changed drastically. I came from a drum corps background. I was in a really good high school band, but I wasn't loose. Soph helped me to loosen up by teaching me the 'Moeller' technique. Depending on the style and feel of music being played, I learned to change my technique to make the music hopefully feel better and have a flow."

Keith played professionally in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for several years after leaving UNT, eventually moving to NYC. In New York, Keith met Wayne Krantz and became part of his band, playing regular gigs at The 55 Bar. (Which he's continued to do for the past 6+ years.) Later the band started playing at the European jazz festivals and touring clubs in the states. Keith has recorded three CD's with Wayne. They are entitled "Greenwich Mean", "Your Basic Live" and "Your Basic live "06"....featuring Tim Lefevbre and Will Lee on bass. [Hear clips from some of the records in the music section.]

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Album Review

Solstein: Solstein

Read "Solstein" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This album marks the debut of the Norwegian/American band that spins a positive vibe that spans funk, jazz fusion, and groove-based jazz rock along with nods to classic era progressive rock. American A-list drummer Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Toto, Sting), known for his exceptional drumming, joined Solstein for the album, which projects an exhilarating synthesis of styles. Carlock's versatility and technical prowess behind the drum kit often elevate the dynamics and rhythm of any music he collaborates on. Paired with ...

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Wayne Krantz: Write Out Your Head

Read "Write Out Your Head" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

What do you want from Wayne Krantz anyway? It's a particularly relevant question when new release time rolls around for the guitar icon(oclast). Not that Krantz himself seems to give the question much thought. He's more known for being preoccupied with things like inventing (and reinventing) himself, exploring and capturing ineffable group mojo, or pushing the envelope toward things he has yet to try or accomplish. And, as many longtime Krantz fans would surely tell you, rightfully so. ...

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Wayne Krantz/ Keith Carlock / Tim Lefebvre: Krantz Carlock Lefebvre

Read "Krantz Carlock Lefebvre" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Although notable for being guitarist Wayne Krantz's first studio recording in fifteen years this is, as the title plainly suggests, very much a trio outing. Previously, Krantz, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Keith Carlock have released live recordings through Krantz's website which whilst lacking to a degree in audio quality, nevertheless capture the power and excitement of one of the great electric trios. The challenges and freedoms engendered by recording with a serious outfit like Abstract Logix, for ...

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Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, Aka KCL Kicks Off Tour Next Week In New York City

Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, Aka KCL Kicks Off Tour Next Week In New York City

Source: Souvik Dutta

KCL, aka Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan, Michael Brecker), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Toto), Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks, David Bowie) are a genre-defying iconic band firmly positioned at the vanguard of their craft, pushing their stylistic roots in rock, jazz, fusion & blues beyond their boundaries. Cutting live recordings from the club and posting them online in the early days of the internet and touring only sporadically, KCL developed a thoroughly original style of interactive group improvisation inspired in part by ...


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Wayne Krantz, Tim Lefebvre, Keith Carlock at Sullivan's N.Y. Dec. 9-10

Wayne Krantz, Tim Lefebvre, Keith Carlock at Sullivan's N.Y. Dec. 9-10

Source: All About Jazz

For two nights only, Wednesday December 9th and Thursday December 10th, one of the greatest modern electric trios, Wayne Krantz, Tim Lefebvre and Keith Carlock will play Sullivan Hall, New York.

Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed CD Krantz,Carlock, Lefebvre (Abstract Logix, 2009), these two shows will feature material from that CD as well as music from a collaboration which stretches back to '97.

Wayne Krantz is one of the most exciting and original of guitarists currently on ...




Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Karisma Records


Write Out Your Head

Abstract Logix


City of Cranes

Self Produced



Nineteen-Eight Records


Krantz Carlock...

Abstract Logix


Holy Joe

From: Krantz Carlock Lefebvre
By Keith Carlock



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