The Fly Trio Performing a Tune Called Child’s Play

Watch this video with the Fly Trio. This trio counts with Jeff Ballard on drums, Mark Turner on tenor saxophone and Chris Lightcap on accoustic bass. The song is a composition by drummer Jeff Ballard, however, some people think it is kind of a remake of Billie’s Bounce, the famous song by the legendary alto saxophone giant Charlie Parker.
The composition might be influenced by Charlie Parker’s original melody, but the drummer’s introduction is very original: Jeff Ballard playing the drumset with his bare hands. Later he plays with one bare hand and one stick and finally plays the conventional two drum stick style.
This kind of trios require excellent musicians, there are only three instruments in charge of the interpretation. In this case it is especially heavy work for the bass and tenor saxophone players since the band does not include an instrument like the piano or the guitar which can play simultaneously sounding chords. Here the bass player has to perform bass lines that fill the space.

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The Arne Jansen Trio Performing On the Shore

In this video clip you can see and listen to the Arne Jansen Trio performing the tune On the Shore live on stage. Arne Jansen plays the electric guitar, Eva Kruse is playing the double bass and Eric Schaefer is performing on drums. The song is in a quiet mood with an melancholic feel. Just as the title says, it could be a day on the shore, have the ocean in front of you, get calm with the huge amount of water and the endless rolling waves, maybe some birds flying in the air, a boat or two passing by, just a day On the Shore.
It is remarkable how these great musicians can play such a quiet piece, most listeners won’t appreciate their skills, everybody is expecting them to show what they can do.
However, musicality or musical talent certainly doesn’t have much to do with virtuousity, virtuousity sometimes even kills musicality just because the musician has to perform extra fast runs on his instruments, play them smoothly and don’t make any ‘mistakes’, don’t leave out notes, play wrong notes or anything that could be interpreted as evidence of his lack of talent. Many times, these fast parts don’t sound like music and the performers seem to be like secretaries who can type real fast, regardless of the content they are writing.

Philly Joe Jones Performing a Drum Solo

In this video you can see and listen to a drum solo performed by one of the early jazz drummers named Philly Joe Jones. The occasion this solo was played was on a concert of the Miles Davis Group. Philly Joe Jones has also played with the Sun Ra Orchestra.

Dizzy Gillespie Tony Williams Ron Carter and More Jazz Giants on Stage Together

Watch this video clip with some of the greatest jazz musicians together on stage. Ron Carter plays the accoustic bass, Tony Williams is on the drums, Freddie Hubbard blows his horn together with the great trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie, while McCoy Tyner plays the piano. In this concert appear only the best musicians, an all stars group, all of them have a solid musical background and a career as soloists.
McCoy Tyner has played with the John Coltrane Quartet, Tony Williams has his own band, the Tony Williams Lifetime, Ron Carter has played the bass with almost every important jazz musician and it is not necessary to mention any group Dizzy Gillespie has played with, he is probably the best jazz trumpet player ever.
Some people even think that Tony Williams was one of the first pioneers of the Blast Beat, a technique used in Extreme Metal today.

Terence Higgins with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band Jamming in the Studio

Watch this video clip with funky drummer Terence Higgins jamming with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band live in the studio. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band usually plays as a marching band but on this video clip you can observe the guys together with a studio drummer and an electric guitar player. The sound quality is not the best since the camera is shooting from behind the drummer so that the sound track also has a relatively high volume for the drum set, which isn’t necessarily bad. As a matter of fact, Terence Higgins plays a really funky rhythm, I couldn’t stay calm when I listened to the recording.
We also recommend you to look for more videos of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on youtube, there are about forty clips with different performances of this excellent brass band. In the future we will post some more footage of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band here on the Music Video Guide, putting more attention to the band while in the present clip we were so fascinated by the drummer’s funky groove that we had no other choice than to share this video clip with our blog readers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, it’s always better to see and hear new things, don’t you think so?

The Elvin Jones Trio Performing A Night in Tunesia – Jazz Standard by Dizzy Gillespie

Elvin Jones is one of the most significant jazz drummers of all times. He became famous while playing with the John Coltrane Quartet and in some occasions he has played duets with John Coltrane, for example on the album Interstellar Space which is an entire album dedicated to this saxophone-drums duet.
In the video clip featured here, Elvin Jones is playing with a guitar player and a hammond organ player: Bireli Lagrene and Joey Defrancesco. This is a relatively unusual combination of musical instruments.
The song they perform is the well known jazz standard tune A Night in Tunesia which was originally recorded by Dizzy Gillespie and his orchestra.
This recording of the song lasts about nine minutes and of course there is enough space for soloing on all instruments. Watch how Elvin Jones beats the drums, there are very few drummers out there who play with this energy and feeling.

Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiutta and Steve Gadd drumming together

Watch world class drummers Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Gadd drumming together on a drummerworld gig. It’s really hard to say one of them is better than the others, it’s best to recognize each drummers personal style of playing the drums and treating their drumset and consider it as unique as any of the others too.
Competitions might be entertaining but collaboration is a much more productive way of living. In fact, we’re sure that the 3 drummers who are playing here together are not really competing, that’s only a mediatic distortion of the importance of the individualism and the collective production.
Yeah, I know, it’s a lot of talking … so jst listen to the sound of these drumsets played by excellent drummers, theytrade bars and play beautifully together.
At the end of the year we will open up our poll for the best drummer ever. We hope you will participate in making this poll’s results relevant and representative for our reader’s. At this time the poll regarding tenor sax players is still open, so we invite you to participate in the POLL: WHO IS THE BEST TENOR SAXOPHONE PLAYER.
For the drummers among our readers we want to tell you that we are working hard to get a good collection of drum music in all genres, styles and from many regions of the world. If you want to suggest a poll please feel free to contact us. We will happily consider it in our next polls to be published once or twice monthly.