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Drum Nation Volume Two

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The first Drum Nation album ("Volume One") emerged as a result of Pete Morticelli’s vision. The head of Magna Carta had long observed that an unusual sense of community existed among drummers—a rare breed, to be sure! What would happen if they were given free creative reign, license to submit music unfettered by commercial constraints? Thus was born Drum Nation - Volume One.

Volume Two continues the tradition. This time, Pete has ventured into the label’s vaults and retrieved some of the most stirring performances you’ve ever heard—from indisputably the most influential drummers of our time.

1. Mike Portnoy "Meetings" – 5:55 –Andy West with Rama 2. Pat Mastelotto "Toccata" – 8:04 – Album: Encores, Legends and Paradox 3. Dennis Chambers "One Less Worry" – 7:28 - Niacin 4. Terry Bozzio "The Last Page" – 8:25 –Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan 5. Clyde Stubblefield "Cosmic Slop" - 4:57 - The Clinton Administration 6. Virgil Donati "Space Martini" - 3:47 - Derek Sherinian 7. Tim Alexander "My Fellow Astronauts" – 4:04 –Attention Deficit 8. Keith Carlock "Steroids" – 4:52 - Oz Noy 9. Rod Morgenstein "Herd Instinct" – 4:36 - Andy West with Rama 10. Simon Phillips "The Barbarian" – 4:40 - Encores, Legends and Paradox. 11. Josh Freese – "Baby-Faced Assassin" - 9:54 - Stripsearch 12. Anton Fig - "Cissy Strut" – 4:06 - Oz Noy 13. Stanton Moore "Family Affair" – 7:05 –The Clinton Administration

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From his slamming half-time intro groove on "Meetings" (Andy West with Rama) to his tribal toms during the bridge, Mike Portnoy submits some of his cleanest playing on record. Pat Mastelotto creates a drum track that is a study in ambient concert hall orchestral dynamics. They transform neatly from playful jazz-influenced improvisation to tightly scripted ensemble figures, executed with aplomb. Not your usual Dennis Chambers fare, "One Less Worry" from Niacin. It lies somewhere in the jazz-meets-jam-band arena. The great Terry Bozzio, one of the most in command drummers of our era, here represented on "The Last Page" drawn from Bozzio/Sheehan: Nine Short Films. "This is Clyde Stubblefield counting because I’m the opener!" And with that, the acknowledged guardian of funk leads the first Clinton Administration line up into "Cosmic Slop". Clyde is one of the most sampled and imitated drummers in history, if only for his work on James Brown’s "Funky Drummer". Virgil Donati is out of the gate frantically at the top of "Space Martini". In typical Donati fashion, the feel is totally in rein, yet it has a raw punk edge. There is nothing uncertain about Tim Alexander’s treatment of "My Fellow Astronauts" from Attention Deficit’s "The Idiot King" CD, given his oft’ predisposition to airy, ethereal drumming. And now for something completely different, Keith Carlock live on "Steroids" from Oz Noy- Live. With its James Brown-ish guitar, the tune finds Carlock manipulating traditional funk patterns in crazy ways, ever-heightening the intensity. While the intro lush organ brings "Herd Instinct" (from Andy West with Rama) to life, Rod Morgenstein keeps the track alive and pumping with a variety of rhythmic devices. Ordinarily Simon Phillips tends to politeness, as befits a man of British upbringing. These traits are absent on "The Barbarian". Those signature Phillips bass drums, loose and airy, are put to full, plundering good use, right from the intro. Elsewhere he’s nailing a solid rock groove, supporting a recurring keyboard phrase you ought to find familiar. He’s in a one horse race, Josh Freese, in "Baby-Faced Assassin" (Stripsearch). His snare/tom/bass drum fills are a study in punk assed power. Somehow they add to the anarchy prevalent here—while strangely contributing order. We sometimes take Anton Fig for granted. After all, we’ve seen him nightly on Letterman for well over a decade. Time to pause and reflect on his percussive depth, his refined sense of humor, and the obvious research he’s conducted in order to manage a part such as the one on this cover of The Meter’s "Cissy Strut" (OZ Live by Oz Noy). And finally we have the New Orleans prodigy, Stanton Moore, tackling an old Sly And The Family Stone favorite, "Family Affair" (from the Clinton Administration’s "Take You Higher"), making it dance with his happy-go-luck groove and jalopy fills, pure creative collaboration, pure family affair, and, what’s more, pure drumming spirit as manifested in Drum Nation!

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: July 1, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0007R8EBI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,168 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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