Played a weeks engagement with the Mose Allison Trio: 2012 in Tokyo. A very satisfying experience, playing for an audience of dedicated listeners, in this legendary jazz club.
Just received this (11/2016) from Michael (Schrieve). As some of you may know Michael studied with me in the late 60’s – right about the time he joined the Carlos “Santana” band (the albums “Santana” in 1969 and “Abraxas” had not been released as yet). During that period (or maybe right after) The band played the world famous “Woodstock Festival” in Woodstock, NY. During that concert the “Santana” band was featured for 11 minutes in the documentary film “Woodstock” playing the original tune “Soul Sacrifice” > “Soul Sacrifice” as millions now know featured Michael, on a drum solo, which was recorded and filmed in it’s entirety. It was and is a masterpiece! Fast forward to 2016 Carlos re-assembles the original band and Michael is again featured on “Soul Sacrifice”: This time on track one of the double cd recording “Live at The House of Blues Las Vegas” He’s playing another historic drum solo and another masterpiece …but it’s 46years later (what the hell !) Carlos Santana has the foresight to re-assemble the original band and all the musicians answer the call; playing at the top of their game. That’s amazing! The band is not a “trip down memory lane” it’s the real deal “Santana Band” and right now! I’m really proud of Michael and if you hear & watch him play this solo notice that everything he goes for he delivers.
With Mike (Johnston) on “Lessons with Mike” 2011. Mike started studying with me when he was in the band “Simon Says.” ( 2008 or 9) I thought that band to be ready for world attention. It didn’t happen. After the band desolved, Mike went back to a hometown music store and started teaching himself (Sacramento). Probably the best thing that could have happened. Mike was a pioneer in programing lessons on-line (Mike’s Lessons). The concept took off and he is now one of the most well known drummers in the history of drums and drumming. What I especially appreciate about Mike is how hard he worked to achieve such a high level of playing skills in so many areas of drumming. And his technique is flawless. Plus, his independence between hands and feet and foot to foot while playing incredible things on the rest of the set is really excellent. We worked hard on that and he can keep one tempo going with his feet and be playing in another “related” tempo (polymeter) on the rest of the kit at the same time (in 2 different times). He’s really good at it !!
I’m here at Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago – with drummer and assistant manager John Maloney. To have a drum shop like Vic’s with people like Mgr. Kevin Jensen & John running it – in a city I just moved to – is an amazing thing! The photo was taken while standing in front of a wall of just Paiste Cymbals.