Early cats!

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The cool thing when you’re doing a Sinatra-project (www.mathildesanting.info) is that you come across the early cats again. With Sinatra that’s unmistaken Sonny Payne, with the Basie records, but also Sinatra’s own favorite, Irving Cottler. What a drummer he is! Not only did he do a lot of the Billy May records with Frank, but he also did most of the tours in the US and Europe, for years.And then there’s Earl Palmer, born in New Orleans, known as a great rhythm and blues- and rock and roll drummer, but don’t be mistaken: a great bigband drummer as well! You should really hear the attitude in his playing, and check out his amazing fills! (f.e. on Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass).

And I have to mention Jack Sperling here, not a Sinatra drummer, but also a West-Coaster. He’s more known for his work with Mancini, and playing Fever with Peggy Lee and Max Bennett. The time in his right hand and his crispy sound – amazing! And a couple of weeks ago I could finally get hold of the only record he ever made on his own name, called Fascinating Rhythm, and I’m very happy to have that in my collection now!

Roberto Spizzichino

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Most of you drummers know the name Spizzichino. It’s a guy in Toscany (Italy), that makes handcrafted cymbals, trying to find the sound of the ‘old K’s’. And he’s damn good at that, so his cymbals are pretty exclusive!

My brother Botte, who works for the radio, heard the Spizzichino story from me, and took me there to make a documentairy about him. Last tuesday we went there, and what a guy! He’s the nicest and most honest person you can imagine, full of great stories, and with lots of ideas about cymbals. We sat down, talked for 4 hours, bought some wine in between, looked at his huge collection of old cymbals, and admired his own work. It was the best! Eventually I had the great opportunity to buy one of his 22″ K-sound-alikes, that he finished on the spot (see pictures) and signed for me. What a guy! The documentary is gonna be broadcasted in Holland Doc (radio 1) at the end of January, I’ll keep you posted about that.

Happy 2010!

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First of all: all the best to you for 2010, make it a great musical year!! It’s been busy the last months, with a lot of traveling and a lot of playing. I’ve visited Los Angeles, toured 25000 (!) km in Russia, visited the very great Peter Erskine and met Jeff Hamilton – I hope to tell you more about that all later.

For now I’d like you to know that we kicked off Mathilde Santings theater tour Sinatra’s Tonic, so I’ll be playing the theaters in Holland mainly for the next half year, and I can tell you it’s swingin’! So I hope to see you there, and I’ll post here more often.

Summer..

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It’s been a while since I posted here, and a lot of things have happend, so it’s about time! First of all I have to tell you that we played the North Sea Jazz Festival with the Koselleck Bigband in july. It was great, we did a good performance and a lot of people were there to hear it. Thank you for all the enthousiastic reactions!

The rest of july were holidays for me, off for some sailing in Poland :-). Then in august I had a tour with the Miller Bigband in the Alps, which was awesome! The views we had there, with some 30 degrees celcius every day – just great! We stayed in the beautiful town of Bolzano for a couple of days, and since we had such a fine band put together, we went playing in the streets there. People loved it, and we even made some extra money, haha.

So right now everything else is getting started again. Some gigs with the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw, we just finished recording the second album of the Tim Langedijk Trio, the live cd of the Holland Bigband is ready for release – things are happening! And last but not least: a couple of months ago the great comedian Sven Ratzke recorded his live cd with Cord Heineking, Charlie Zastrau and me in the Sugarfactory in Amsterdam, and as a trailer he put the next video on YouTube. Enjoy!

Trumpetparty

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Last week we had another one of the famous Dutch Trumpetparties. A couple of international heavy cats came to the Netherlands to show their qualities on the trumpet, accompanied by the Holland Bigband lead by Loet van der Lee.

This year we had the great Eric Miyashiro (lead player in the Buddy Rich Bigband and Maynard Ferguson Bigband), Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power and lots of others) and Roger Ingram (lead player with Harry Connink Jr. and Paul Anka). Amazing what these cats can do! Luckily there were a lot of people holding their camera’s, so check the vids down below to see what happened!

Eric Miyashiro playing his own piece ‘Kick Up’:

Roger Ingram playing his arrangement of ‘Watermelon Man’:

Lee Thornburg playing his beautiful ‘Cipriana’:

Recession?

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These days, when everybody is talking about the recession and that kind of stuff, you start thinking about your own job. Will there be work enough for me, as a drummer, will people still hire me, does the world still need me? Luckily you can see here that a drummer should not worry: lots of work to do..