Proud to be a part of this East Coast Affair True Colors LP that dropped on Friday. I played drums on two cuts (“Summer In Canarsie” & “America in 2020”). Proceeds from first 2 weeks sales go to a non-profit to put music in Baltimore public schools. Click here to check out/purchase the album on Bandcamp or below for the two tunes I played on.
In the age of Covid, the summer ain’t about much musically but a higher electric bill. But behind the scenes there’s some stuff happening. Most important, the completion and submission of The Du-Rites’ fifth LP, A Funky Bad Time, for manufacturing. 12 slices of pandemic-fueled, nasty funk. Album will be released in November. Pablo and I are both inspired and excited, which many musicians aren’t these days and understandably so. But you take it when it comes. Pre-orders begin in October. So for now, we’re just getting all the boring stuff together. Stay tuned. In other news, I recently jammed with Ben Pirani and The Means of Production for the first time since March. We grooved responsibly (masked and distanced) and it further proved there’s nothing like playing with other musicians. Here’s a brief clip of the jam session as a bit of “content” (I hate that word) to hold over till The Du-Rites’ album roll out and other things in September. Stay safe!
The Du-Rites had a very funky and fun show over the weekend opening for the legendary Skatalites. Here’s a full clip of “The Man With The Golden Tooth”…a lil’ smooth funk, a lil’ Go-Go breakdown, a lil’ film score, a lil’ everything! More clips from the show to come.
Break Bonanza drum break 7″ pre-order up now! Shipping around Dec. 11. Package deals available. Order your copy on Bandcamp here! Check out snippets on YouTube here. If vinyl ain’t your thing, get the digital files at The Drum Broker here. Or, you can check out the test press playing on Instagram below and scroll through the slideshow to get my random commentary. Ouija board tournament!
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Break Bonanza drum break 7" pre-order up now! Shipping around Dec. 11. Package deals available. Gitcho' copy! Link in bio. I played bits and pieces of the entire thing in the slideshow videos. Enjoy. #jzone #drumbreaks #breakbeats #breakbonanza
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Our Symphony Space gig on Valentine’s Day is approaching. Get tickets here.
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You know we have a whole song in our set dedicated to the cop show funk at the 40 minute mark of an episode of Mannix where he beats the crap out of a bunch of goons after being pistol whipped and driving off a cliff. The Du-Rites live at Symphony Space on Valentine’s Day. #jzone #pablomartin #thedurites #mannix
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The Du-Rites HAD to make a song called “Corinthian Leather” since I’ve been dreaming about ’70s Cadillac and Chrysler Broughams and Lincoln Continentals every night. But the new album is already done, so it’s the b-side only flip to our upcoming 7″ single, “The Mean Machine,” out in September. I had to snatch up Mr. Time Wolf from our gig in Ben Pirani’s band to come lay some greasy high cholesterol Barney Miller bass on this one. Here’s a few clips from recording sessions. There’s vocals but I’ll save those for the release. This groove is for the ghost of Frank Cannon.
Took a two month hiatus to iron out health stuff, re-focus, re-energize, re-prioritize, recycle, record, remix, etc. Here’s a peek at what’s confirmed for the first half of 2018:
- J-Zone: Guerrilla Drums (Break record) – April (Digital), May/June (Double 7″ Vinyl)
- The Du-Rites: “Gamma Ray Funk” b/w “Fish Sammich” 7″ (May)
- The Zone Identity: “Melting Pot” b/w “Soul Food” 7″ (May)
- The Du-Rites: Original score/theme song for Bobbito’s Rock Rubber 45s documentary (July)
The unexpected positive feedback to Lunch Breaks and Backyard Breaks (and some requests) inspired my third drum break series, Guerrilla Drums. Hopefully these things help bring some of the grease back to the drums in modern production – grease that has gradually grown less and less popular due to sample clearance issues and the expected cyclical changes in sound. The Du-Rites are back in business as usual, but Pablo and I have decided to focus on singles this year. After releasing two LPs in the span of a year, we’re gonna hand out hors d’oeuvres for 2018 and see what smaller portions do for our vibe. “Gamma Ray Funk” b/w “Fish Sammich” is already in production and will be out in May. Taurus season should also bring a new Zone Identity release to follow up last year’s debut on Fraternity Music Group. This go round we took a stab at the legendary “Melting Pot” by Booker T & The MGs and the lesser-known, but super heavy, “Soul Food” by Frankie Seay and The Soul Riders. Covering Booker T was daunting and I’m no Al Jackson, but the result was pretty funky. The Du-Rites also scored a chunk of the original score music for Bobbito Garcia’s Rock Rubber 45s documentary. There’s both cuts from our two LPs and original music. But the kicker is the theme song, which paired us with some jazz heavyweights and musical greats. The film will be out in July, with a June 27 screening in Central Park Summer Stage, NYC.
I’ll also continue a monthly DJ slot at Robert Bar, but I’ve put DJ life on hold to focus on my own music and craft. Jack-of-all-trades, master of none is finally beginning to take its toll.
The second half of the year…I’ll tell ya ’bout that in June.