#3615: Drummers / Bandleaders

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For this New Sounds, hear all sorts of drummer-led bands and ensembles, including music from composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra, alternative/avant-jazzer Jim Black, Afrobeat progenitor/drummer Tony Allen who played with Fela Kuti, and many others. There’s music from the brand-new record, “Drum Codes” by Electric Kulintang, which features co-leader Susie Ibarra on those traditional metallic gong-like percussion instruments of the Philippines and her percussionist/programmer husband, Cuban-American Roberto Rodriguez.

Then, listen to drummer and composer Bobby Previte leading a big band, which includes brass, from his record, “Pushing the Envelope.” Also, hear drummer and innovator Jim Black with his quartet, Alas No Axis from their record, “Houseplant.” Plus, recent music from Tony Allen’s own Afrobeat record, “Secret Agent,” where he led a band of musicians from Nigeria, Cameroon, Martinique, and France. And more.

PROGRAM #3615 Drummer/Bandleaders (First aired on 7/9/2014)  





Fela Kuti (Tony Allen)

Shuffering and Shmiling/No Agreement


Dog Eat Dog, excerpt [1:00]

Wrasse - #72

Alas No Axis (Jim Black)


Inkionos [4:48]

Winter / Winter & Winter - #9101542

Bobby Previte

Pushing the Envelope

Open World [5:37]

Gramavision Records - #79509
out of print, but try Amazon.com or auction sites.

Electric Kulintang (Susie Ibarra)

Drum Codes

Drum Codes No. 2 [6:56]

Song of the Bird King
Available at CDBaby.com, Emusic or iTunes

Tony Allen

Secret Agent

Alutere [3:43]

Nonesuch/ World Circuit 521074

Paul Motian Band

Garden Of Eden

Bill [3:03]

ECM – 1917

Pierre Favre

Window Steps

Snow [9:24]

ECM #1584

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Eternal Interlude

Eternal Interlude, excerpt [14:42]

Sunnyside 1220