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Page 1

May
2015 | 241

the magazine for drummers

ExclusivE
vidEo

drum lesson
with

mike!

plus

Bill Stewart John Scofield
Josh Macintyre MarMozetS

Ali Richardson Bleed froM Within

Master essential Big Band
drumming techniques

inside the who
drummer's solo album

Zildjian, Sakae,
Roland and Sonor
gear reviewed

Moonie,
Ringo &

KeltneR

Expert advice on small set-ups

Mini Kit
Revolution

top-end Kit
buyeR's guide

Fusing tradition & technology to
make you a better drummer

From rock star to tuition pioneer

mike Johnston

weather report ‘birdland’
swinging a groove
one-handed disco
and more...

learn to play

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Drums
Gretsch USA Custom drums: 12"x8", 14"x14",
16"x16", 18"x14";
Ludwig 14"x6½" Hammered Brass snare
with tube lugs and regular, simple strainer
(“I prefer the Ludwig metal drums, I like
the silver [chrome] ones and the Black
Beauties. The one I play at home is the
Hammered Brass.”)

Cymbals
Zildjian: left side, 20" Dry Complex ride;
main ride: 22" Dry Complex ride; far right:
20" Prototype K Light Flat ride; hi-hats: “Top
is a 14" Zildjian prototype from 10 years ago,
a bit on the heavy side. Bottom is lighter, off
the shelf, a Special Dry 14" top cymbal which
I use on the bottom.”

Plus
Remo Ambassador Coated batters and
Coated or Clear resonants; sticks: Zildjian
Bill Stewart and John Riley Artist Series
sticks; Camco old chain drive bass
drum pedal

“i may take one thing that is a lick but
find different ways to work with it
– change the meter, change the
orchestration on the drumset”

IntervIew
bill stewart

and i think he wanted something in that direction.
Previously, my first record with John [meant to

Be, 1991] , had a track called ‘chariots’ [search on
youtube: John scofield Quartet chariots Live 1991]
with a similar thing – a quasi-new orleans snare
drum with snare and bass drum played like it’s two
different players. a vague marching band concept,
but i didn’t really check out any specific new orleans
tracks for that. i did what i thought might work. it’s
possible it came out better for not being authentic.
First thing, it has to have a groove, and some of
those figures i lay back a little and catch up later.”

Your drumming has continued to mature and
evolve alongside scofield (every drummer
should check out en Route LiVe!, 2004).
But you’ve also made five albums under your
own name.
“the sixth album is out in the Fall. it’s a quartet

with seamus Blake on tenor and soprano
saxophones, Bill carrothers, piano and Ben street,
bass. it was done in new york and will be out on
Pirouette records.”

is being a leader the most important of
your roles?
“the most important is probably my gigs as a
sideman, because that is mostly how i make a
living. i could probably do more as leader, but i
would have to make that a priority and it would
be a bit more of a struggle in terms of making
a living playing music. i have plenty of work as
a sideman for various people. and i have also
always done my own projects where i try to do
exactly what i want to do, because in other
situations i can’t always do that. it’s my opportunity
to express something and to play my own
compositions.”

BILL'S geAr

Bill plays Gretsch drums and Zildjian
cymbals, preferably teamed with a
Ludwig 14"x6½" hammered Brass
snare with tube lugs

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