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David Letterman showcases young drumming powerhouses on second Drum Solo Week



letterman-royster.jpgHis wisecracks about getting death threats from an Internet jihadist may be getting bigger headlines, but late night host David Letterman caught my attention this week with his reprisal of a way-cool segment featuring some of the music world's hottest drummers, Drum Solo Week.

This time, Letterman has passed up old masters and big names for players mostly known to drummers -- on Monday, onetime prodigy and Jay-Z drummer Tony Royster Jr. (right) offered a blazing solo to the classic big band tune Caravan (the first solo played many years ago on the show by then-newly-hired backing band drummer Anton Fig).

On Tuesday, Porcupine Trees sticksman Gavin Harrison showed off his chop during a rendition of a tune written by another monster drummer, Dave Weckl, called The Chicken.

Tonight, Letterman welcomes Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Thursday he'll bring in Steely Dan/Parliament-Funkedelic/John Scofield drummer Dennis Chambers (both dudes were huge influences on yours truly, a player for 30 years). See the performances from Letterman's  first Drum Solo week by clicking here.

Pure heaven for a longtime drummer increasingly sick of the disregard for musicianship that fills so much of pop music these days. I'm hoping this is a small strike against the autotuned vocals and computerize correction too often used to sanitized today's songs.

Check out the performances below, including the original version of The Chicken by Weckl:


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:28pm]


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