Good to be back in the woodshed with Ray Romain on Hammond B3 (and the late, great Tony Thompson’s ride cymbal).
I’m fortunate to have played drums on half this album and to be doing shows Ben and Co. Had an audition for the band in 2016, my first ever. Nervous as hell because the musicians were really good and figured at best it’d make me better at auditions. Interviewed Steve Ferrone of Average White Band earlier that day and he gave me some pointers. To my surprise I got the gig and it’s been a great ride and made me a better musician and listener. Super soul, go git it! Buy it here or stream on YouTube below.
I spoke with Consumer Help Guide about my favorite drum set alongside heavyweights like Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine and many more so I’m guessing this was a wide selection of drummers with varying levels of prestige, haha. Also wish the Du-Rites had 4 albums (3rd out this fall) but can’t win em all. Nonetheless some helpful info if you’re looking to buy a drum set.
Producers, composers and DJs…
The third installment of my drum break collection series is out now! This one is a double 7″ set (24 breaks total) in a thick spine jacket and poly bag.
Get yours now on BANDCAMP!
The order page has a Soundcloud link to preview the drums before buying + there’s a package deal to get the latest Du-Rites 7″ (“Gamma Ray Funk”) along with Guerrilla Drums.
If files is more your thing, the digital version of Guerrilla Drums is available at THE DRUM BROKER.
Here’s the press blurb if you care about that type of shit…
After the positive response to (and heavy sampling of) 2014’s Lunch Breaks and 2015’s Backyard Breaks, drummer/producer J-Zone took a break from the breaks. Looking to improve and develop as an all-around drummer, the New York native spent the next two years woodshedding, performing live with bands in different genres in New York City and developing his own funk bands, The Du-Rites and The Zone Identity. Zone also had big shoes to fill when he found himself in the drum chair for legendary funk outfit (and drum break/DJ staple), Manzel. The late-blooming drummer’s journalism background also inspired the Red Bull Music Academy column, Give The Drummer Some, in which he interviews some of the most recorded and sampled drummers of all time. With a two year crash course in playing, studying, practicing and talking drums with some of the greatest break architects of all time, J-Zone returns with knowledge and polish he didn’t have for the first two installments. 24 breaks deep, Guerrilla Drums is the result.
Since his previous installment, J-Zone has laid down grooves for Danger Mouse, Alchemist, Prince Paul, Marco Polo, DJ Skizz, Bobbito Garcia’s upcoming Rock, Rubber, 45s documentary and more. Zone’s drumming has been noted on social media by Questlove, DJ Scratch, Steve Arrington and more. More versatile than Lunch Breaks and more jam-packed than Backyard Breaks, effort #3 is worth the wait.
Need funky, nasty, dirty and royalty free drums to chop up for your production? Dig in! My third drum break record, Guerrilla Breaks, is out now via The Drum Broker. The vinyl will be out in May, but if files are your thing, get it here:
After woodshedding for a bit and getting enough Du-Rites stuff in motion for the year, I figured it was time for the third installment of my royalty-free drum break series. Producers can sample these and not get taken to the cleaners by some crotchety copyright holder or someone’s estate. Guerrilla Drums drops Friday, March 30th via The Drum Broker. Picking up where Lunch Breaks and Backyard Breaks left off, Guerrilla Drums is less updates of classics and more original breaks. There will be a vinyl (Double 7″ version) out in late May. Stay tuned. Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come…
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Sneaking in one last musical endeavor before the year is up. Proud to be a part of the 2017-18 musical output of legendary funk outfit, Manzel. After all, my very first rap demo from 1993 sampled the drums from Manzel’s “Midnight Theme,” so to join the fold as a drummer is a special funk anointing. Check out “High and Tight” b/w “Standing on Mars” right here (Bandcamp) and pick up a copy of the 7″ if you dig it.
R.I.P. original drummer Steve Garner. Doing my best to keep the drum chair funky. Here’s the original press release from Fraternity Music Group:
Nearly 40 years after releasing two of the greatest funk 7-inches of all time, the breakbeat masterpieces “Space Funk” and “Midnight Theme,” the legendary Manzel is back on Fraternity Records with another sureshot double-sider. Originally comprised of Manzel Bush on keys, Larry Van Dyke on guitar and late Steve Garner on drums, the 2017 incarnation of the group adds powerhouse Jay Mumford, p.k.a. J-Zone, in the drum chair and is lean and funky as ever. “High And Tight” is a classic party jam, complete with chanted vocals and a couple drum breaks that establish the new man in the trio is no joke on the skins. “Standing On Mars” continues the favored space-related vibe of Manzel’s past releases, an uptempo jazzy instrumental dancefloor mover that simply cooks, with Manzel doing double duty on electric piano and organ.
You can stream it on Soundcloud here:
I’m honored to have interviewed drummer Harold Brown of War for my Red Bull column. War albums were/are a huge part of my education as a musician/DJ/producer and there’s a wealth of musical knowledge and great stories here. Plus he’s a historian, which I always appreciate. Check it out, and while you’re there, check my other interviews with legendary drummers George Brown (Kool & the Gang), Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock), Robin Russell (New Birth), Dwight Burns (TSU Toronadoes/Archie Bell and The Drells), Steve Ferrone (Average White Band), Steve Arrington (Slave), Frank Waddy (P-Funk/James Brown), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power) and Greg Webster (Ohio Players). Salute the greats while they’re still with us. Enjoy the interview here.
Not everything always goes perfectly in a recording session, regardless of how well we prepare. Tracking drums for Saucy Lady‘s upcoming album in Boston over the weekend was a lot of fun (as was DJing Soulelujah!), but my wallet (used to dampen the snare drum) had a mind of its own. Not enough bills in it I suppose. Hopefully this take with me cursing up a storm is the one that topples the pop charts. Shouts to Yuki Monolog and Saucy Lady for keeping the funk alive.