by Mark Robbins
Billy Drummond grew up in Newport News, VA listening to his father's jazz record collection and eventually playing drums in his own and other's bands across the water in Norfolk. In the late '80s Drummond knew if he wanted to make it as a jazz drummer he would have to leave this area and, encouraged by Al Foster (another Virginian), moved to New York. It wasn't long before Drummond was playing with Out of the Blue and then when OTB ...read more
by Rick Bruner
There is a strong tradition of piano-less groups in jazz. Some examples include Sonny Rollins' trio sessions, nearly all of Ornette Coleman's work, and the great Chet Baker / Gerry Mulligan collaborations. Dubai recalls the great sessions that Elvin Jones led in the late 60's and early 70's. The format demands more of the listener and the musicians as well. But the space that is created can stimulate some truly inspired improvisations. That's what happens here.
Billy Drummond is a ...read more