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Master Plan

Dave WecklAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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listen  6. Auratune 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Island Magic [feat. Chick Corea] 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B0000001R6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A drumming virtuoso GOING OFF!!!! July 28, 1998
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yowza! May 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic drummer October 19, 2000
By Mauslix
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Grooves galore March 11, 2008
By WillieB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly skilled drummer April 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Man oh man, he is great!!! April 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Weckl Is Awesome! March 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To start off I had never heard of Dave Weckl until my drum teacher told me about him. And it is my personality to investigate something whem I get curious, so I bought "Masterplan" at the local music store. After putting it in I was amazed at the complexity of some of Weckl's extrodinary rhythms. This album is definetly an example of what a great drummer is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The holly Bible April 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
These is the fullest and most intensive listening clinic for all modern drummers of today.Going from one kind of tune to the other,and giving to all young drummers the challenge to imitate some of his works.For me after 9 years of studing seriously i am still listening new accents and inspirational tunes that help me in my playing in all kind of situations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Master Class...
An absolute musical delight from start to finish - amazing drumming from Weckl with wonderfully creative, musical compositions and interplay with the other musicians. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christian Philipp
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars if you're a drummer. 3 if you aren't.
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Haenggi
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Plan
One of my favorite albums, fantastic! Great drumming and intrumentals.... love the keyboards and horns .... good melodies and soloing .... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Randy Judge
5.0 out of 5 stars What the ....!
Listening to this recording became the second "What the ....!" moment in my life as a drummer. The first was Rush's "A show of hands" a couple of years earlier. Read more
Published on October 3, 2010 by Peter Jaegervand Folde
4.0 out of 5 stars A pounder's pounder
Dave Weckl on his break thru intro cd proves that he's one of the best pounders out there today , the best tracks on it stand out and above the rest, with Morning Sunrise, Auratune... Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by Pontyone
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great... Now, More?
There are some of the best captured drum sounds on this and other GRP albums with Dave Weckl.
Published on April 12, 2009 by Jim Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Weckl kicks!
I like track 2 the most. Overall good cd and great drumming. Heads Up is still my favorite Weckl cd.
Published on November 19, 2008 by Dude in Ohio
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Recently dug this one out of my archives ..... and it is still as great as when I first purchased it. Read more
Published on November 13, 2006 by RICHARD J. THOMAS
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
sure, Daves drumming is really good. But musicially, this is simply not entertaining at all. from all the raving reviews this record got, I thought it to be much better. Read more
Published on October 17, 2003 by "avelorn"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun
GRP as a lable has probably produced more elevator music than jazz records in the last 20 years, however this CD (which I picked up in 1992 for the Anthony Jackson... Read more
Published on June 4, 2003 by andrew ward
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