I've been trying for a while to perfect my practice setup. I've got a few challenges; I have precious little space, and I live in an apartment. Also, I have a curious 3-year old who loves to innocently topple things.
Sweet Spot has been around for a while, specialising in, as the name implies, the hi-hat clutch. This is the bit of kit which holds the top hi-hat cymbal and secures it to the hi-hat centre rod to allow the foot to raise and lower the top hi-hat cymbal. it's been around in some form or another since the low-boy cymbal of the 1920's.
The Max Roach quartet was playing at the State Theatre in Detroit. I think it's called the Fillmore now. It was finally my chance to see the great Max Roach in person.
Mid-January 2017 I recorded with a couple of my favourite musicians.
I spend 18 months in Calgary. It's a nice city, close to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, Banff, Lake Louise, etc. Culturally I struggled. There's lots of country music, the Stampede, and a surprisingly rich local arts community. But, it wasn't a fit for me.
I thought I’d share a few favourites from past gigs. Over the last 30 years there’ve been many which stand out.