My fascination with linear drumming has been on the rise ever since I was introduced to it. This is to me one of the most interesting aspects of drumming. I’ve been listening to a lot of Art Farmer’s Crawl Space record recently. Gavin Harrison mentioned about this record in an interview and if Gavin Harrison has listened to it, you have to give it a spin. This album has Steve Gadd on the drums, who is by far one of the most original drummers ever. Till this point I’ve never been that big a follower of Mr.Gadd. I mostly know the famous tunes he’s played on and I’ve seen a ton of videos of his on youtube with various artists. One tune that all you drummers know would probably be his work on Paul Simon’s ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover’. The groove on that is the work of a genius.
While listening to the Art Farmer record, there were numerous moments where I was completely blown away by the drumming. This style of music is something I’m not too familiar with as well. It’s only recently that I’ve started to listen to a lot more of jazz. The music on this album is beautiful. I listened to it a few times and I’ve barely scratched the surface. I don’t think you can get more original than Steve Gadd. His grooves never sound like anything you’ve heard, played with so much purpose and meaning. This record covers everything a Drummer needs to know – phrasing, dynamics, time, creativity and most importantly; tasteful playing.
There quite a few linear patterns here. This record has opened up so many new ideas in my head, most of it by just listening to Mr.Gadd’s playing on this album. Steve Gadd also played on another Art Farmer record called Big Blues and I can hardly wait to check that out.
Give this album a listen and you won’t regret it. If you don’t know what a linear drumming is feel free to check out an earlier article on the site.
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Writer : Sumanth Venkatesan0 Like this Post ?