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Modern Drummer Festival The Best of Ten Years: 1997-2006
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Hudson Music and Modern Drummer Team Up For Ten-Year Retrospective Modern Drummer Festival DVD! Featuring exceptional and inspirational performances by over 50 of the world s top drum artists - the Best Of The Modern Drummer Festival 1997-2006 DVD offers drummers and drum enthusiasts an incredible opportunity to watch heroes and legends at the top of their careers as well as up-and-coming players just starting out. The two-disc, almost five-hour compilation is presented by Hudson Music in association with Modern Drummer and spans ten years and six editions of the drumming event that has become one of the most famous drum festivals on the planet. Digitally remastered footage from the 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2006 Modern Drummer Festivals (some available for the first time ever on DVD) features clips of drumming greats from a diversity of musical styles, including Alex Acuña, Chris Adler, Airto, Eddie Bayers, Charlie Benante, Jason Bittner, Don Brewer, Ronald Bruner Jr., Teddy Campbell, Keith Carlock, Stewart Copeland, Nick D Virgilio, Jack DeJohnette, Dave DiCenso, Virgil Donati, The Drumbassadors, Sheila E, Steve Ferrone, Steve Gadd, Jeff Hamilton, Horacio Hernandez, Gerald Heyward, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hip Pickles, Rodney Holmes, Hilary Jones, Will Kennedy, Glenn Kotche, Thomas Lang, Dave Lombardo, JoJo Mayer, Marvin McQuitty, Rod Morgenstein, Ian Paice, Shawn Pelton, Karl Perrazo, Mike Portnoy, Raul Rekow, Bobby Sanabria, Antonio Sanchez, Danny Seraphine, Chad Smith, Steve Smith, Aaron Spears, Bill Stewart, John Tempesta, Nathaniel Townsley, Glen Velez, Billy Ward, Dave Weckl and Zoro. Also included is a very special, rare performance by late Modern Drummer founder Ron Spagnardi.
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I was waiting for the whole Bill Stewart Trio show with Larry Goldings and Peter Bernstein, but they only put Jive Coffee in here.
Instead of buying this either get the Modern drummer festival 2003 DVD or just visit moderndrummer.com and checkout bill stewart's page.
Besides that well, the Antonio Sanchez clip is the only one i actually considered useful(from MD Fest 2000 i think). The rest kinda sucked in my opinion. It had too many rock drummers and percussion players but not enough Jazz or Latin drumming.
The wide range of drumming styles was interesting, and the variety of music was interesting. There was a small amount of useful instructional material given by some drummers. I have found when buying drum instruction DVDs, nine out of ten take your money and give you a lot of fluff but nothing to improve your drumming. Modern Drummer magazine is very helpful by having reviews of instructional DVDs and informing the reader of the quality and value of the information on the DVD by a celebrity drummer or other. I cannot afford to continually by drum DVDs to finally find one that gives value for money, especially with so many being poor quality in content. The DVDs are rather expensive, even if bought at a discount online.
These two discs give an overview of drum performances that is an education in what NOT to do, what not to WEAR, and reveals how the U.S. drumming community that earns thousands and millions of dollars does not have high standards of quality in grooming, performance etiquette, and display of technique that one can learn from and emulate. If you are a drummer in a band who can play LOUDER and FASTER than anyone else, you got into the Modern Drummer Festival; if your affect is bizarre to the max and yet your technique is so extreme that no one can imitate it, you also got to perform and receive applause. I was also surprised how many performers had poorly tuned drums and some of the bass drums sounded dead or only produced a "slapping" sound from the head with no tone or quality articulation.
One can learn much from these two DVDs, a lot from what was seen and heard, not much from what was said. I will not be saving money patiently to go to any Modern Drummer Festival, after seeing these DVDs. The DVDs are at a fair price for all the years covered and work done to tape them. There are good camera angles over the drum kits using cranes and jibs; closeups at the level of the player; and the sound quality is never cheap or poor quality but in stereo. There were wide angle views, close-ups of footwork while the drummers were performing, overhead shots showing the performer working the kit, and good views of the kit and equipment so one can see the different drums and cymbals and learn from that.
Buy these DVDs, and you will be watching them and your favorite performers again and again. Just do not lend them out to anyone, including your friends, because you might not get them back!