In an effort to raise awareness about musicians who deserve some shine, we rolled out a “6 Young Pianists You Should Know About” a few months back with the promise that we would be back for another six. This series continues and we present to you 6 Drummers that you might not be aware of and are definitely on the up-and-up:
If you’ve never heard of Gene Coye until now, you’re not alone, but you should definitely change that ASAP. The Los Angeles-based drummer toured with Carlos Santana and his son Salvador while still attending California Institute of the Arts for his undergraduate degree. Since then he has toured with a variety of artists including Larry Carlton, Mike Landau as well as Thundercat, Christian Scott, Stanley Clarke and Pharoah Sanders. More recently he has worked with Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus and can be heard on his latest record You’re Dead! (check out his brushwork “Tesla“) on His unique style is unlike most drummers you’ve heard. During solos he often departs from the backbeat, taking listeners on a tense ride before resolving his complex yet musical phrases, and his comping is similarly sophisticated and driving in service of the song.
Young drum phenom Justin Faulkner began drum lessons at the age of 7 and was already a part of the thriving Philadelphia scene by the age of 15, when he was asked by pianist Orrin Evans to be the house drummer in a jam session. On the day before his 18th birthday, Branford Marsalis officially asked Faulkner to join his band to replace Jeff “Tain” Watts, who was leaving to play with his own group. This in itself says all you need to know about Faulkner’s playing; his intensity and pocket are unmatched and he’s only 24! Faulkner is featured on Kurt Rosenwinkel‘s newest record Star of Jupiter, is currently still a member of Marsalis’ quartet and continues to play with a variety of artists including several in his hometown.
Handpicked by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter to be the drummer for the current class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Christian Euman has already performed with heavies like Robert Glasper, Donny McCaslin, Ed Simon and Kurt Elling among others. Christian has another year of intensive studying with the unbelievable series of guest artists the Monk Institute brings in for its students. For readers in and around LA, the Monk Institute ensemble is hosting their final jam session of the 2014-15 school year at Los Angeles’ beloved Blue Whale and are playing at the Playboy Jazz Festival with Hancock and Shorter this Saturday.
The first few seconds of that clip features saxophonist Antoine Roney being backed up by his 10 year old son, Kojo Roney on drums. Yup, you read that correctly — the kid’s 10. While young Kojo Roney definitely has the biological pedigree (his dad being Antoine Roney and his uncle being Wallace Roney), having a famous last name doesn’t always guarantee prodigious talents. What strikes listeners the most about the young drummer isn’t just his sheer technical ability, but also his maturity to hang with some of this music’s veterans. It also doesn’t hurt if you’ve got your old man running “Giant Steps” with you.
We’re tipping Jamison Ross to hit out the gate in the near future and become one of the biggest names of his generation. The 2012 Monk Competition Winner has hit the stage and studio with some heavy names like Dr. John, Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant, the new Late Night Show bandleader Jonathan Batiste and more. While Ross’ chops have certainly gained him the top prize during the Monk Competition back in 2012, what makes his light shine a little brighter are those amazing vocal cords that he was blessed with. And we’re not talking about a Don Henley/Phil Collins-type drummers who can sing, Ross has serious pipes and would even make it on a list of vocalists you need to keep tabs on. Don’t believe us? Listen for yourself. Ross’ debut album is slated to drop on June 23rd on Concord Records.
(U)nity has become a bit of a favorite of ours here at Revive — ya’ll dudes seriously need to release something soon. The Afro-Cuban fusion group is co-led by drummer Amaury Acosta, whose CV boasts performance credits with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Cachao López, Chris Turner, Pedrito Martinez and more. While Acosta (aka King Klave) is known primarily for his work behind the kit, his work as a producer is also definitely worth checking out.
Written by Paul Naser & DanMichael Reyes.