The Whole Drum Truth
Saturday, Jul 19, 2008 8:00 PM PDT
Stanford University Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
"Heath's drumwork is only part of what he brings to the table. Beyond setting the beat, the drummer also colors the mood. He looks like he's having the time of his life as he snuggles into each tune. And his positive attitude is contagious- his smiles become our own." --The Oakland Tribune
Albert "Tootie" Heath's swinging, tasteful drumming has graced innumerable classic recordings with the Heath Brothers, the Modern Jazz Quartet, John Coltrane, Lester Young, and just about every other jazz giant you can imagine. With "The Whole Drum Truth," his series of concerts paying tribute to the rich legacy and tradition of jazz drumming, Tootie puts the drums in the spotlight and brings together some of the instrument's greatest talents for a rhythmic extravaganza. Ndugu Chancler and Roy McCurdy are two drummers with the vision and musicality to pull off Tootie's ambitious all-drum ensemble program. As the drummer on Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, Chancler is probably responsible for more booty shaking than any living musician, and his impeccable jazz credentials include stints with Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. McCurdy is a jazz master and longtime drummer for Cannonball Adderley who has also accompanied Art Farmer, Benny Golson, and Sonny Rollins. A drum lover's dream come true, this unique program showcases three virtuosos making amazing music in celebration of rhythm.