I first saw Terri Lyne Carrington play live many years ago with Al Jarreau in New York City. The one word that comes to mind from her performance is “monster”. And, on her latest release “Mosaic”, she has assembled a monstrous all-star, all-female band. It’s a dream team consisting of Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Gretchen Parlato, Helen Sung, Ingrid Jensen, Nona Hendryx, Patrice Rushen, Sheila E, and Tineke Postma.

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Octapad SPD-30

DJ’s do it. Keyboardists have been doing it for a while now. Guitarists have joined the parade. And now drummers have joined the ranks of this revolutionary instrument… The Laptop. I can’t think of too many shows that I have been to lately where you didn’t see a shiny MacBook Pro as part of the stage landscape. Laptops have become standard gear.

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Jimi Hendrix Experience

I think there is at least one time in every musician’s life when they are completed fixated on one player or another. You study their style, set up your gear like them, and try your best to mimic their grooves, solos and fills. Sometimes, you can even obsess over them. (Sidenote: A letter to Neil Peart when I was about 15 years old actually did get a reply from the man himself! This was way before email of course).

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I love the internet “tubes”. These “tubes” sometimes put us in touch with interesting people we otherwise may never meet. Diego Stocco is one of those people for me. Diego is a sound designer, which is an area of music I enjoy exploring. Diego creates sound(s) for many applications including video games, movies, and sample libraries. I stumbled upon his Vimeo profile a while back, and I was fascinated by his work. Check it out when you get a chance. With titles like “Bedside Table Bass” and “Drying Rack”… you are sure to find something out of the ordinary.

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