When looking at the stage at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, you can see Chris “Daddy” Dave’s drum kit shining from a distance. There are only two people on Earth that can be identified simply by observing the drum kit and nothing else: one is Neil Peart of Rush, and the other is Dave. His kit was more of a rhythm laboratory, adorned with four snares, a hi-hat with holes covered with a tambourine, spiraled crashes, bongos and a suspended floor tom.
Chris Dave’s ‘Drumheadz Mixtape’ is dropping tomorrow and we’ve got an early listen to “Cosmic Slop” off the record. A cover of a rare Dilla beat (only 40 seconds), the track is a favorite of Dave’s as well as Pino Palladino. Check out the track and a quick interview we got with Chris!
In a special one-night, RSVP-only event, Robert Glasper, Pino Palladino, and Chris “Daddy” Dave will be taking it down together at Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem this Thursday 8/16/12.
Possibly the best moment of the 2012 BET Awards show was the return of D’Angelo in televised form for the first time in 12 years. Kicking off his return with “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” D’Angelo went through a medley of sorts hitting on “Sugar Daddy” and others as they kept jamming. As always D is sporting an all-star band consisting of what seems to look/sound like Pino Palladino, Jesse Johnson, Ray Angry, and Chris Dave for sure along with a few others.
Congrats to all of the winners from this past weekend’s Grammy Awards. There were many musicians involved with many of the winning projects that didn’t get as much shine. Big shout outs to Chris Dave, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, and Matt Sweeney for their work on Adele’s 21.
I think it’s just different with jazz. Once you decide you’re going to do jazz, you realize it’s going to take you your whole life to do anything original and to get to a level that’s anywhere close to Ella, or Miles or any of these people, stylistically. I think anybody who thinks they’re, like, soaking in right away, is just not going to last long in jazz. It’s a whole different mindset. I wasn’t thinking about making a record, because I didn’t have anything original to say. I just wanted to learn the standards, and that takes years of practice and jam sessions and buying real books and trying to figure out what people are doing. It’s like trying to unlock a code.
he consistently busy Jose James has announced the lineup for his upcoming album No Beginning, No End and to say it’s intriguing would be an understatement. With the likes of Robert Glasper, Kris Bowers, Pino Palladino, Chris Dave, Richard Spaven, Emily King, and more.