This is where we list our reviews, including percussion instruments,
educational materials and CDs, and so on. If you have a CD, DVD
or Book, or an instrument you'd like us to review,
please send an email about it to stu at rhythmweb dot com..We also
review live events..
Irietones Professional djembe
We splurge and have a look at the mutha of all pro djembes..The
custom made professional drums from Irietones.
TarThis Authentic Egyptian frame drum with
a fish skin head retails for under $60; how does it stack up to
the more expensive drums?)
Slapboxx - Chris Nissen at Slapdrum has developed
a full sized cajon that fits across the lap! Check it out..
Jam Man Want to get started with live looping?
For practice or performance, this new looper is good for percussionists
and rhythm event facilitators..
- Chris at Slapdrum has a great idea here: portable, affordable,
yet rich in tone.
Bolanos' new Plexiglass cajon - go, Chino!
A Peruvian-American Folkloric artist with an innovative cajon
Test: Contemporanea 10" timba / REMO 10" timbal
- REMO and Contemporanea present two distinctly different
approaches to a versatile little hand drum. We check out the wood
the aluminum and the Acousticon! Sound files included..
Ramwong - Commonly available online, we love
drums from the Thai tradition
Uglytips by B-Rad Percussion
- these little uglytips are meant to be slip-on practice
tips for drumsticks, but they are useful in various other ways.
Books, DVD, CD
Drummers Guidebook This
new book by SanFranscisco Bay area legend Michael Spiro is an
addition to the classic lliterature for Afro-Caribbean music
by Kenya Masala - Kenya Masala's book helps
drum circle and rhythm based event facilitators do a lot with
easy to carry, lightweight equipment.
Unique Beats - This Austrailian drumset
artist is making waves with his innovative choice of sounds
and textues. His DVD is good..
by Ken Shorley & Marla Leigh - A DVD
collection of eight duets for darabuka & frame drum, with
scores individual close ups of the parts; definitely worth a
Dunun Drumset by Maarten Schepers - From
Maartin Schepers in Toulouse, France: a fine book CD set fusing
study of Malinke djembe/Dunun music with the drumset.
Orleans Drumming Resources - these two resources,
a DVD featuring several of the giants of N.O., and a Book CD
set from anton Aukes, will put you on the right track to learning
about the New Orleans drumming history, traditions, and techniques.
by Boogalu Productions -
This is destined to become an Afro-Cuban classic! Many of
the most important folkloric dances and rhythms are explored
at length in an easy to digest fashion
New Conga Joy Series This popular line of
products was created by teacher Bill Matthews up in Seattle,
and is very handy indeed for drum circle folks and others seeking
an overview of useful rhythms in common use in the US.
From Kobi Hagoel - The
Art of Middle Eastern Rhythms - A classic
Middle Eastern drumming book, for lovers of doumbek/darabuka,
daf, riq, tonbak.
Levey - The Original Original - This
DVD is a rare treat for musicians who are fascinated with the
history of jazz and bebop, the history of drumming, of NYC and
of LA in the forties, fifties, and sixties..Stan was one of
the true pioneers. He started in 1943 at age 16 in Philly with
young Dizzy Gillespie. Read more.
about Rhythms series vol 1 - Afoxe - A popular
rhythm from the North of Brazil is covered in the first volume
of Kim Atkinson's "speaking of Rhythm" series. Review
by Eric Stuer.
Savers: Afro Cuban Rhythms Vol 1 & 2 by Trevor Salloum
- these two little booklets are handy reference guides to some
of the most important Afro-cuban Rhythms
- Afro-Cuban Conga improvisation - by Clifford
The Snare Drum
Plays the Zoo by Brian J. Harris - This
innovative book uses principles from the aural tradition to
teach reading of standard notation.New
Orleans drumming by Anton Aukes. review
in progress. A very good book, with some unique old photos and
historical info not easily found today..
Master's Approach to Timbales - the book by Changuito
Jose Luis Quintana, written in collaboration with Chuck Silverman
This was reviewed in 1998, but still the best book for the student