Pro Drums for Songwriters
Jeff Anthony lays down grooves that satisfy the most demanding producers. He's been the beat behind producer/writer/guitarist Jeff Trott, who was co-writer and producer on many of Sheryl Crow's chart-topping hits, including "If It Makes You Happy", "Everyday is a Winding Road" and "A Change Would Do You Good".
John Bishop has played with jazz greats such as Bobby McFerrin; Slide Hampton; Benny Golson; George Cables; Kenny Werner; Eddie Daniels; Joanne Brackeen; Carla Bley; Steve Swallow; Kenny Rankin; and countless others. Bishop has appeared on over 60 albums and projects, including sessions with Rudy Van Gelder, Ernie Watts, Ralph Towner and Teo Macero.
From the 80's progressive pop of Missing Persons to the technically "over the top" music of UK and Frank Zappa to Terry's Grammy-winning work with Jeff Beck—his playing has inspired some truly great compositions and instrumental performances. He can take things from four-on-the-floor pop to smoking double-kick grooves. He will fly into blinding double-stroke fills only to chill with a delicate, melodic part that's perfect for film soundtracks. TerryPack I shows a player that's a hybrid of punk enthusiasm and incredible chops that showcases custom-made China cymbals and custom-made melodic toms.
Tony Braunagel provides stellar rootsy beats for rock, blues and country artists. As the drummer behind Lightnin' Hopkins; John Lee Hooker; Charles Brown; B.B. King; Otis Rush; Etta James; Buddy Guy; Koko Taylor; and Jimmie Reed, he can take you from the Delta to Chicago. You can hear his tasty tone and understated playing on Bonnie Raitt's huge "Nick of Time" album and subsequent "Luck of the Draw" recording.
Bill Bruford is a drummer known for innovative playing with classic prog rock and jazz groups such as Yes, King Crimson, UK, Genesis, Patrick Moraz, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, ABWH and many others. Specializing in odd time signatures and a distinct high pitched snare, big roto toms and pioneering the use of percussion electronics – his sound has always been recognizable as his own and great players seek him out to spark new creative directions. His solo albums (such as "One of a Kind") have featured great players such as Alan Holdsworth, Jeff Berlin and Dave Stewart and his acclaimed "Earthworks" project continually stretches the boundaries of instrumental music.
Matt Cameron's playing is a great representation of the adventure that is Seattle's music scene. Though associated with grunge through his success with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, his playing is way more multi-dimensional than that style. He has also provided the groove behind bands like Jack Endino's Skin Yard, Temple of the Dog, the garage-tinged Wellwater Conspiracy and the jazz-influenced Tone Dogs. Matt has even done sessions with the Smashing Pumpkins and Our Lady Peace. Grunge? Yeah, sure. But he's just as into prog rock, dancehall, jazz and experimental electronic styles.
Luis Conte's genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with the necessities of American pop music. His long and varied career has included numerous Hollywood film scores and mega-successful albums with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao and a multitude of other artists.
Ned is an accomplished master of drum programming. He has worked with Andy Wright on the Simply Red album "Life," and has formed an enduring working relationship with Dave Stewart. This has resulted in working with Marianne Faithfull, Gwen Stefani, Mudbone and on the new film version of Alfie. Recent projects also included programming with Al Stone for Hooverphonic and Eagle Eye Cherry.
This is the real deal in reggae drumming. As half of "Sly & Robbie," reggae's premier rhythm section, Sly Dunbar has appeared on records by legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru and Burning Spear. He has also played with non-reggae artists such as Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Herbie Hancock. His latest work is in the classic "Dub" style.
Graham Hawthorne is one of the most in demand drummers on the New York scene. His flawless groove and versatility has propelled artists as varied as Paul Simon, Beyonce, Joss Stone, Donald Fagen, Kid Rock, Queen Latifah, India Arie, Lyle Lovett, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Suzanne Vega, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Cee-Lo, Gilberto Gil, Randy Brecker, David Byrne and Suzanne Vega.
Fab (Fabrice Dupont) has produced and/or mixed projects for Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifa, DJ Colette, Toots And The Maytals (the 2004 Grammy Award winning 'Duets' CD), DJ Mark Ronson, Bon Jovi, Babyface, Isaac Hayes, Brazilian Girls and a slew of artists.
Gregg is known around Seattle as a versatile local drummer who has played with a number of great artists. From vintage rock grooves with Canned Heat, Randy Hanson/Noel Redding to R&B with Big Mama Thornton to jazz with Herb Ellis, Carter Jefferson and European jazz saxophonist Leszek Zadlo. He is just as known for getting great drum tones and has helped players like Matt Cameron explore new sounds and even has his own copmany making custom snares.
Steve Gadd is a legendary session drummer who has worked with Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Bob James, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Manhattan Transfer, James Taylor and many more. He is one of the most recorded drummers in history, playing drums professionally for over 37 years. He is the groove behind classics such as Steely Dan's 'Aja' and Al Di Meola's 'Elegant Gypsy'.
Born and raised in NOLA, Higgins is well versed in the New Orleans funk style. He is currently touring with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield's Piety Street Band, and SwampGrease. In the past, he has played with Widespread Panic, Dr. John, and Norah Jones to name a few, appears on dozens of albums, and has just released his In the Bywater CD. Terence used the following drum kit to record his HigginsPack DrummerPack: Pearl MRX Masters Series Vintage Sunburst with black hardware, 22x18 bass drum, 8x8 tom, 10x9 tom, 12x10 tom, 16x14 tom, 14x6.5 snare drum (Steve Ferrone Signature), 13x6.5 snare drum (Joey Jordison Signature), and a 14x6.5 snare drum (Sensitone).
Billy Martin is an internationally acclaimed drummer/multi percussionist for Medeski, Martin and Wood. Well known and highly respected for his innovative rhythms, creative approach, and manic improvisational skills over a wide range of styles, Billy continues to push the art of drumming and rhythm to a higher level. Billy is a unique artist in the truest sense, and this collection of drum loops captures his incredible ability to create and inspire.
Coming the birthplace of funk, New Orleans, Jonathan Moffett has kept the world dancing with solid grooves. At age 12, he got the nickname "Sugarfoot" because of his fast, and articulate bass drum work, playing 16th and even 32nd note figures within his funky, relentless grooves. From 70's recordings, such as the Mardis Gras standard "Second Line" or "Don't Stop the Music" by R&B artist Yarbrough and Peaoples, to the polished 80's recordings he did with Madonna (Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, Like A Prayer, etc.), Elton John (Sacrifice, George Michael (with Elton John in the "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" video) and more - Sugarfoot has a way with a beat that attracts attention. His extensive work with the Jacksons (including solo work with Michael and Janet) kept arenas of fans bopping and disco dance floors hopping. Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett performed with the Jackson family for 30 years, including Michael's This is It movie.
Stephen started playing drums at 8 years old. At 13, he bought his first pro drum kit and started lessons with Jim Engle and Joel Gallant. In 1983 he started Dizaster with his friend Dave Navarro and in '86 joined Jane's Addiction (which Dave also joined 2 weeks later). When the first Jane's album came out in 1987 it helped to define a fresh, alternative LA sound. Stephen's powerful, hybrid grooves mixed funk, punk, metal and ethnic ingredients into a tasty flavor as diverse in influences as LA itself and filled with punk energy. His innovative playing also propelled other great bands that include Porno for Pyros, Banyan and The Panic Channel. Perkins even joined fellow LA drummer Tommy Lee for one of Lee's "Methods of Mayhem" tours.
"Some drummers only have chops, but ... Michael is like a box of crayons; he has all the colors." – Carlos Santana
As the original drummer for Santana, Michael played on their first eight albums and helped define their distinctive fusion of Latin and rock. His recording credits include work with Mick Jagger; The Rolling Stones; Pete Townshend; Steve Winwood; Police guitarist Andy Summers; film composer Mark Isham; John Mclaughlin; Freddie Hubbard; Jaco Pastorius; Wayne Horvitz; Bill Frisell; Zakir Hussain and Airto Moriera.
Ben has performed and/or recorded with Heart; Ann and Nancy Wilson; Buddahead (for producer Don Gilmore of Linkin Park and Sugar Ray fame); Taj Mahal; Lovemongers; Deniece Williams; Peter Frampton; P.F. Sloan (legendary writer of "Eve of Destruction" and "Secret Agent Man"); Cornelius Bumpus; Sugar Pie de Santos; jazz artists Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson; Mark Egan (Pat Metheny); Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers); and Phoebe Snow. He also performed in the Cameron Crowe film Vanilla Sky, and worked with noted guitarist Bill Frisell on the film Around the Fire. Ben Smith's Website.
Matt Sorum is the consummate rock journeyman, having played with the Cult and Guns N' Roses, who chalked-up $30 million in record sales and two Grammy and MTV award nominations with Matt at the drums. These days Matt is the slammin' beat behind the hard rock supergroup "Velvet Revolver."
DJ Syze-up has co-written with artists such as Ultranate and Jeff Beck. He has been involved in a wide-range of remix projects for Jamiroquai, Aretha Franklin, and has a critically-acclaimed remix of Jeff Beck's Grammy-winning track "Dirty Mind." He has also enjoyed chart success with S.I.A.'s "Taken For Granted."
Sure, he can deliver the double-kicking fire, but he also has a great feel for the changes and nuance that make a great drum track. Not just a flash player, John puts thought into his drumming as well as sweat and blood. He has played with Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath guitarist), Helmet, Scum of The Earth and is now the drummer for the Cult.
Previous band mates haven't been shy raving about John's percussive power. Testament's Eric Peterson said "John is definitely one of the best drummers in the country. He has the power of John Bonham, the finesse of Carter Beauford, and the aggression of Dave Lombardo. As a drummer, John really has it all." Former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult said "John was the best." The votes are cast. This guy can ROCK!
John's attitude is reflected when he says "I've been able to record and tour with so many people I've always admired. I'm very fortunate, and there are so many great players out there, so I've been very lucky and blessed. If you believe in what you do, anything can happen..."
When 13-year-old Treece discovered the Sex Pistols, Clash, Minor Threat and Philly's Cherry Hill Skate Park – "boards and music" became THE fixation. He formed a punk band, "McRad", with fellow skater Zeke Zagar and skate rock videos followed including "Ban This" and "Propaganda". Always reaching, next was a solo project, remixes (Sting, Amy Grant, the Goats) and then the drummer's seat for Bad Brains and Urge Overkill. Putting his arms around punk, hip-hop and other styles has forged a sound that's attracted attention. Sessions include working with Billy Joel, King Britt, Buck-O-Nine, Res and G. Love as well as collaborations with producer Scott Storch for Jadakis, featuring Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin.
Chuck's friend Aaron Fishbein (Scott Storch, Beyonce) helped ignite the vibe in these sessions. These beats are not vanilla, pigeon-holed, studio "pristine" and po-lite grooves. They have as much soul, grit, love and daring as you'd expect from Philly… and as you'd expect from Chuck.
Not many drummers can span everything from the accessible, solid, pop sounds of John Lennon to the mixed time signatures, frenetic tempo variations and dynamic overtures of Yes. But Alan White's playing has consistently shown his yoga-like, stylistic flexibility while keeping a creative edge, regardless of genre. He played with Lennon on his successful "Imagine" album, with George Harrison on "All Things Must Pass," and has been the driving heartbeat of Yes since 1972. Alan also conducts numerous drum clinics around the world to encourage and teach other drummers.
Lonnie Wilson has won the Academy of Country Music's "Drummer of the Year" award twice and Music Row Magazine's "Top Studio Drummer" award four times. He has played on countless hits with artists that include Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill, George Jones, Martina McBride, Rascal Flats, Randy Travis and Waylon Jennings; and he's played on 19 number one singles for Tim McGraw alone! As a songwriter, he has written for Rascal Flatts, Brooks and Dunn, Joe Diffie and Andy Griggs.
From the classic '60s-'70s rock he played with Lenny Kravitz to the old-school, R&B-meets-hip-hop beats from the Bobby Brown days, Zoro has always delivered the groove with maximum soul. Zoro wrote the popular "Commandments of R&B Drumming: A Comprehensive Guide to Soul, Funk & Hip-Hop" instructional DVD series and the beats you find in DrumCore reach all the way back to funk's New Orleans roots.
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