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Pierre Sprey: Mapleshade

Pierre Sprey (PS): Well, we just made a huge modification a couple of months ago. It was one of the biggest modifications we've made, another major advance in sound.

TD: How did you modify it this time? I know that you've coated some of the parts in lead...

JIMMY COBB: JAZZ CYMBALISM

Pierre recounts what it's like working with the great jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb:

Larry Willis: Causing An Effect

    "Larry's done something absolutely unique. I don't think any studio or any label has ever had an artist of his stature so deeply involved in what goes on in the creation of better music. He does an amazing amount aside from the sessions that he plays on. He has a very quiet way; you have to be sitting here and watching him to see how he inspires younger musicians and how they play at a level they never even dreamt they could play at. It's a word here, a gesture there. It's real subtle, but the effect on the music is not subtle."

...and keep an eye out for these upcoming Mapleshade releases:

  • A La Carte Brass and Percussion: Go-Go & Gumbo, Satchmo' & Soul featuring vocalists Chuck Brown and Shawn Murphy (Wildchild!).

  • The Enriquillo & the Jazz Winds Starring Patato: Melodia Para Congas, The Jungle and The Saxophone (Mapleshade). This release is the ninth in a series of Mapleshade discs called Explorations. Explorations features albums conceptualized and produced by legendary bari sax player Hamiet Bluiett. The star of this recording, Patato (no Potato), got his nickname from the conga rhythm of the same name. In Cuba, back in the late forties, Patato revolutionized Afro-Cuban conga drumming by pioneering the three drum approach. Before him it was simply one man, one drum. Check it out.

SOME TIPS ON GETTING A BETTER DRUM SOUND Compliments of Pierre Sprey

TD

Recommended Mapleshade and Wildchild! Listening: Keeping the Drummer in Mind.