Drummers and their special instrument are the very heartbeat of any ensemble. More than just timekeepers, drummers guide the rest of the members in the bandstand with every cymbal crash and every fill. Before anything else can take off, the men and women behind the kit hold the responsibility of making the music feel as good as humanly possible. Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 was fortunate enough to have featured 5 of the funkiest drummers in this side of history. Here’s to giving the drummer some.

Justin Brown “Trane Thang / Pinocchio” by Igmar Thomas Listen Here & “The Procrastinator” by Ben Williams Listen Here

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If you’ve visited the site recently then you’ve heard Justin Brown’s barrage of fills emanate through your speakers or headphones. Brown appears in Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1‘s opening track, “Trane Thang/Pinocchio” as well as “The Procrastinator.” A consummate professional, Brown has lent his sticks in the stage and studio to a barrage of different artists from Gerald Clayton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Thundercat, Walter Smith III, Fabian Almazan, Terence Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato and more. Outside of his duties as a sideman, Brown also leads the band NYEUSI. Brown can also be heard in SS Vol. 1‘s re-interpretation of Lee Morgan’s “The Procrastinator.”

Charles Haynes  “Lets Wait Awhile” by Marcus Strickland Listen Here

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Rocking the kit in SS Vol. 1‘s second single is a drummer who is equally adept in jazz as he is with hip-hop, pop and everything in between. Charles Haynes has served behind the drums for a number of pop stars from Kanye West, Meshell Ndegeocello, MIA, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and more. More recently Haynes contributed to Jason Moran’s 2014 tribute to Fats Waller, All Rise. Haynes is also a member of Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life band and can be heard laying down the groove in the saxophonist’s rendition of Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile.”

Mark Colenburg  “Water Games / Ravel Re-Imagined” – Terry Slingbaum  Listen Here

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It’s not difficult to imagine Mark Colenburg’s name being a prominent figure in history books of the future. While playing a Dilla beat on drums might be commonplace nowadays, things were a tad different back in ’99. A recent interview with Glasper revealed that the Colenburg was one of the first drummers to interpret Dilla’s legendary beats from the MPC into the kit while on tour with Common to promote the rapper’s seminal Like Water For Chocolate album. Since then the drummer has backed other artists like Lalah Hathaway, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu and more. Colenburg can be heard behind the kit in SS. Vol. 1‘s modern look at Ravel’s “Jeux D’eau.”

Dana Hawkins  “Dorothy Jeanne” by Brandee Younger Listen Here

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Dana Hawkins combines raw athleticism and grace behind the drum kit. Best known for his partnership with bassist Evan Marien, Hawkins’s unique blend of gospel, jazz, and fusion earns him a place him among the very best of virtuoso drummers of his generation. Outside of co-leading his electric project with Marien, Hawkins also enjoys a viable career as a sideman appearing on the stage and the studio with artists like Jeremy Pelt, Stanley Clarke, Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding and more. Hawkins can be heard in “Dorothy Jeanne” — SS Vol. 1‘s first single.

Jeff “Tain” Watts  “Celebration of Life Suite” by Ray Angry Listen Here

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Jeff “Tain” Watts (aka Rhythm Jones) is instantly recognizable by his driving yet supportive sound. This is why he has achieved considerable success in a variety of contexts. He worked in the television industry as part of the band on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, has played with innovators like Michael Brecker and Ravi Coltrane, and was a longtime member of Branford Marsalis’ quartet before he left to pursue his own musical projects. He also happens be on every Grammy award-winning record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis to date. “Tain” can be heard both beautifully orchestrating and providing the head-nod-inducing groove on both parts of the “Celebration Of Life Suite.”

Revive Music Presents Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 OUT NOW via Blue Note Records – Support the Scene here 


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