Just about anyone who has followed jazz and jazz-fusion should be familiar with drummer Dave Weckl’s enviable talents. The artist came to prominence back in the '80s, performing with pianist Chick Corea’s electric (fusion) and acoustic (mainstream jazz) bands. Since then, Weckl has issued several solo outings amid guest spots with various ensembles. He’s released instructional videos/DVDs for aspiring drummers out there who need to know either the mechanics behind his technical faculties or to simply pick up a few tips. However, most of Weckl’s solo efforts skirt the boundaries of contemporary, radio-friendly jazz in concert with in-the-pocket grooves, spanning Latin, funk and fusion. With his latest, the drummer steers his quartet thru more of the same. But many of these works feature strong soloing endeavors by saxophonist Brandon Fields and keyboardist Steve Weingart.
The quartet benefits from a revved up horn section on selected tracks. The drummer institutes polyrhythmic beats that primarily serve as a launching pad for his associates' funkified choruses and shimmering solo spots. In addition, many of these numbers feature memorable hooks amid a few odd-metered time signatures and upbeat, acoustic/electric based frameworks. Weckl’s fifth recording for Stretch Records is a thoroughly happening engagement. No doubt, the drummer is a groove merchant extraordinaire. (Recommended)
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound. After, my girlfriend and I just sauntered up the stairs to the green room to meet the
band. I posed for a picture with Joe, after talking a little bit about boxing and how to stay healthy while the other guys in the band tore through a bucket of fried