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Master Plan

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This was Weckl's debut as a leader after years as a session musician and member of Chick Corea's Elektric and Akoustic Bands, and it's an arresting display of his drum chops and rhythmic know-how, whether he's playing or matching parts with a drum program. The rhythms range from Latin-techno on "Festival de Ritmo" to the light swing of acoustic jazz on "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise." Weckl is joined by a number of eminent associates, including Michael Brecker and Eric Marienthal on saxophones. Chick Corea himself plays on his tune "Master Plan," and fellow drummer Steve Gadd joins Weckl for some particularly complex polyrhythms. The music sometimes takes a backseat to Weckl's pyrotechnics, but that's in keeping with a musician initially inspired by Buddy Rich. Weckl has effectively extended that aggressive approach to embrace technology, and Master Plan is full of the same kind of inspiration for younger drummers. --Stuart Broomer
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  • Audio CD (August 21, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GRP
  • ASIN: B0000001R6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is Dave's first solo album and my personal favorite. All of the songs are well written and the musicianship is nothing less than superb!! Dave Weckl is definitely one of the greatest drummers out there today. Any jazz, drum, or just plain music fan owes it to him or herself to check out this great CD. A must for all drum fans. Dave Weckl is a Master at his art.
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Just picked up this CD, and boy I can't say enough for Dave. On one hand, I think of him as the Mr. Smooth of fusion drumming for how super-human his playing/sound is (I could swear it's a computer with a soul playing). Then again, I prefer drumming that breathes a tiny bit more, i.e. a groove where every triplet or 16th note isn't played on (ghost or regular). But then again, this is Dave Weckl and I should not/would not expect anything else. My favorite track is easily Master Plan, for the legendary Chick Corea and Steve Gadd (my favorite drummer) are playing with Weckl, and it produces a stunning piece overall. The first track (Tower of Inspiration) is quite funky and features a brass section playing the melody (Tower of Power?) and track seven (Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise) shows Weckl playing bop in a jazz trio, different for him, but he can do it while still sounding like himself. Overall, I am extremely impressed, can't wait to pick up his new "Transition" CD. And you gotta love the amazing sound he gets from his drums and cymbals.
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An absolute musical delight from start to finish - amazing drumming from Weckl with wonderfully creative, musical compositions and interplay with the other musicians. I gave a rating here of 4/5 stars only due to IMHO a relatively recessed bass sound balance. I would have preferred a bit more 'bass wallop' than is evident on this recording. This is one of the best examples of virtuoso drumming chops that ADDS greatly to the superb music, and does not detract from it. A must-own for discerning music lovers everywhere and particularly inspiring for drummers, both professional and/or aspiring.
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Dave Weckl is surely a phenomenon drummer, he plays amazingly and has a thuderous style. The strength of his drumming is overwhelming but still very very enjoyable. He is surrounded by a group of great musicians and the only other thing I can say is: "You MUST buy this CD" because you'll have a great pleasure every time you will listen to it. Have fun!
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Not the best jazz in the world, but you listen to this one for the drums. Don't play it around your friends, though, or they'll laugh at you when the theme to some afternoon TV talk-show fires up (track 3 I think)...... Anyway - at least get the single MP3 for Softly As A Morning Sunrise. Shredding 5/4 rendition.
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"Master Plan" is an upbeat melodic monster fusion album. Dave's drumming is killer as usual; he makes complex grooves sound so simple and effortless while he lays down a solid rhythm that blends with and never overpowers the other musicians. He also shows he is a good composer and co-wrote four of the tunes. Every song on here is tasty but the highlight for me is the title track where Steve Gadd joins Dave for a dual drumming delight. When they play together, neither is tripping over the others beats and they work together to create a really full sounding rhythm section. They even have a solo drum break and take turns going back and forth playing off each other. Very cool! Definitely a similar style of music and as good as the Elektric Band's output, and if you're a drummer this really is essential.
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This CD was distributed by GRP label.That' why total sound design is so polished and sophisticated.Dave's rhythmic approach is so complicated but sharply totalized and well-organized.The songwriting sense is brilliant enough too demonsrate his talents. In Japan ,for example,his tunes are used in the sports program on TV many times.I don't think this is a elevator music.This maybe best described as a instructional CD for drum beginners.Fine techniques and BIG NAMES guest appearances also help this CD to be a well-balanced high tech FUSION ALBUM ever.
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This is Dave's first solo c.d. and it is definetly the most tastefull fusion c.d.. Wow, the drums are extremely good especially the third track. I personally think the third track is fenomenonal. It is definetly one of those c.ds that you just never get bored of! You can lisen to one track for hours and you will not get bored! The bass, horns, and Steve Gaad are great on this record. You heard me, Steve Gadd playes on this record with dave! If you want the greatest fusion expierience, buy this c.d..
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