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[DUBAI] ONE OF THE 50 CRUCIAL JAZZ DRUMMING RECORDINGS OF THE PAST 100 YEARS.

“So, is it possible to distill a century’s worth of drumming on jazz recordings, which by any reasonable guess would comprise tens if not hundreds of thousands of titles, down to a list of fifty crucial examples? In a word, no. But you try anyway. ” MODERN DRUMMER Continue Reading

Carla Bley Standing Ovations [in German] “The second part of the evening sets quite different accents. This is clearly due to drummer Billy Drummond, who enormously enriches the performance and instantly adds a different dynamic and urgency to the music.” Continue Reading

“When I was asked if I wanted to perform with a guest, my first thought was Billy Drummond. Because every time we performed in the trio, I missed Billy.” CARLA BLEY

Billy Drummond, The Jazz Connection by Alex Cohen, DRUMHEAD MAGAZINE “After that I joined Horace Silver’s band, which was huge for me. Then I joined Joe Henderson’s band, I joined Bobby Hutcherson’s band and then Buster Williams’ band … and in all those situations you grow because you are forced to rub shoulders with all these people who are way better musicians than you are. (10 page interview) Continue Reading

The Best Live Jazz Performances of 2017 by Giovanni Russonello, NEW YORK TIMES  “This year, the festival’s weekend marathon brought over 100 bands to roughly a dozen venues across two nights. The best thing I heard [ast Winterfest] was a duo from the pianist Kris Davis and the drummer Billy Drummond.” Continue Reading

Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson, Rufus Reid, Billy Drummond: Monk’s Dreams – The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk by Raul Da Gama, JAZZDAGAMA “Clearly Mr Drummond appears to be one who would suit a Thelonious Monk Quartet as few drummers would. The drummer’s traversal of this music shows off his inimitable genius as he shares the music’s twists and turns with supple rhythmic flexibility. His approach to Mr Monk’s big-boned and generous space for rhythmic invention is evident in the sense of depth and spaciousness – which we hear on “Little Rootie Tootie”, for instance – that gives the piece an almost orchestral scale as Mr Drummond holds up the rhythmic canvas with brushes and sticks traversing the far corners of his drum set. His penchant for driving the music ever forward makes for exciting twists and turns at all times and we are never prepared for the surprises that often come fast and furious as he dives headlong into the development of a piece with every hint of real abandon on “Brake’s Sake” (Disc Three) for instance. Mr Drummond’s virtuosity is also powerfully and lovingly delivered, creating a glistening delicacy as a foil to the other musicians as he swishes his way through the cymbals and the snares on “Gallop‘s Gallop” (Disc Four). And there is many a high-voltage moment on “Work” and “Hackensack” (Disc Five) all of which are fully redeemed with the other members of the quartet where everything seems right in the sincere and poised accounts of each of the musicians. Continue Reading

“. . . Billy Drummond, a phenomenal jazz drummer.” OTEIL BURBRIDGE

Downbeat Blindfold Test by Ted Panken A listening test that challenges the featured artist to discuss and identify the musicians who performed on the featured recordings.  Continue Reading

“Mr. Drummond — aptly, a drummer — plays with quick-thinking focus and forbearance. He can pile on the activity without weighing things down, a rare talent. It will serve him well at Mezzrow, a little basement club that’s better suited for percussion-free combos than it is for drummers. With Donald Vega and Dave Kikoski sharing piano duties, and David Wong on bass, he should have little trouble striking a measured balance; in Mr. Drummond’s hands, the intimacy of the space will become an advantage.” NEW YORK TIMES Continue Reading

Dubai: Number One Best Jazz CD of the Year – NEW YORK TIMES

“Unique . . .  the kind of highly refined intelligence that Max Roach introduced to drumming. ”  STANLEY CROUCH

“Billy Drummond plays superbly throughout. He is exclamatory and insistent on Hip Hop, its theme built out of blippy accents against the percussion, with Bley getting gospelly on it. He quietly whispers behind Sheppard’s long, tremulous tenor notes and Swallow’s purring bass on Tropical Depression – tightly riding the cymbals on the inquisitive, slightly puzzled sounding Red, dramatic on the more abstract, suite-like title track. Four Star review of Carla Bley and the Lost Chords.”  – GUARDIAN

Rhythm Runs in the Family: Drummers on their Dads, NPR A Blog Supreme Continue Reading

“Spins jazz on the head of a pin with stunning results.”  – JAZZ TIMES

“One of the most crisp, popping, and sensitive drummers around.”  – MODERN DRUMMER

“His capacity to spur on each soloist and add color to the ensemble is without equal.” – NEW YORK JAZZ RECORD

“Imaginative, satisfying and memorable.” – JAZZTIMES

“This is a solid work that underscores why Drummond is one of the most in-demand players in the business.” JAZZTIMES Continue Reading

“Style and authority . . . masterful use of the melodic and harmonic devices at his drumstick tips.” – JAZZIZ

“Billy Drummond is a powerful and highly musical drummer. He is showcased beautifully in this piano-less quartet setting…Drummond offers his composition as the title track, a middle-eastern sounding line in 7/4 which has the percussionist showing his love for Elvin Jones-esque wailing in support of [Chris] Potter’s soprano sax and more tenor from Weiskopf. The track literally burns… Dubai is worth searching out. Billy Drummond has produced a gem of a recording that offers up the best that jazz has to offer. Great tunes, superb musicianship and something new to hear with each listening. I can’t keep this out of my CD player.” – ALLABOUTJAZZ Continue Reading

“Mr. Drummond was especially impressive for not being a regular part of this group. He just explored the trap set for an hour, continually shifting his focus, working on the edges of the cymbals for a while and then the meat of them, altering his combinations between drums, then aligning in swing with Mr. Wonsey and Mr. Washington.” – Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES

“Today, Drummond is one of the most called for players of his generation, sought by masters (Sonny Rollins, James Moody, Pat Metheny) and excellent peers (Javon Jackson, Christian McBride, Vincent Herring) … there’s nothing ordinary about Dubai, his third Criss Cross CD; two tenors, doubling, over bass and drums (or just cymbals). Bands of drum greats come to mind – Elvin Jones’ hypnotic line-weaving, Roach’s taut freedom, Jack DeJohnette’s chord-free openness – but Drummond carves things with his own flourish.” – Fred Bouchard, DOWNBEAT

“A case has been made for Drummond’s new persona: one of the hippest bandleaders now at work.” Jim Macnie, DOWNBEAT

“The multi-talented Drummond is a progressive musician. He likes to push the limits of jazz, drawing on its traditions while seeking a vibrant, open-doored present.” – Zan Stewart, NJ STAR LEDGER

“The most vital element [in Andrew Hill’s Dusk] is the anchoring provided by bassist Scott Colley and drummer Billy Drummond. As valuable as Richard Davis and Tony Williams were to Point of Departure, Colley and Drummond interact with Hill in a similar musical dialogue that is characteristic of true jazz improvisation of the highest order” – Chris Hovan, ALLABOUTJAZZ

“One couldn’t envision [Walt Weiskopg’s Siren] without the talents of drummer Billy Drummond. His capacity to spur on each soloist and add color to the ensemble is without equal.” – Chris Hovan, ALLABOUTJAZZ

“With his crisp, clear sound and ease of articulation, Billy Drummond is a master drummer who makes his set sing. No wonder greats like Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson have sought his services.” – Zan Stewart, NJ STAR LEDGER

“Drummond has valuable ideas as a leader. For Dubai, he assembled a quartet with a fairly rare configuration; two tenor saxophonists and no pianist…he never settles on one rhythmic pattern for long, always suggesting fresh ideas for his musicians and keeping a loose, open feel to the recording.” – Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES

“Drummond is one of the most crisp, popping, and sensitive drummers around, and this quartet is a great forum for his style. The ensemble sound is as tight as old school buddies and the soloing is inspired.” – Jeff Potter, MODERN DRUMMER

“Taste and empathy are the hallmarks of drummer Drummond’s playing.” – George Kanzler, NJ STAR LEDGER

“Rhythmatist Drummond directs the proceedings with style and authority on Dubai, a two tenor quartet recording which more than adequately highlights Drummond’s refined skills…Drummond makes masterful use of the melodic and harmonic devices at his drumstick-tips.” – JAZZIZ

“The elusive essence of a blowing session is captured on drummer Billy Drummond’s Dubai.” – SUNDAY OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

“Drummond is a crisp, authoritative drummer without bombast.” – Tim Coakley, SUNDAY GAZETTE, SCHENECTADY

“Drummond’s tasteful percussion work teasing and prodding instead of relying on volume…One World is a promising debut by a group which will hopefully be around for some time.” – Vinnie Tietro, WHOLE LIFE TIMES

“Let’s face it — some jazz musicians have run the post bop groove into the ground, but the quartet Native Colors offers a fresh approach.” – Calvin Wilson, KANSAS CITY STAR