A new feature was just published over production newsletter Micro-Chop. A little bit about recording break records, learning drums in an atypical way at an older age, paying dues and more. Read it here and enjoy!
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.