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Hello and welcome to Chris Joyce Drums Newsletter 103

Hi everyone, I hope you’re keeping safe and healthy. 
The big news this month is my new website has now gone live.
www.chrisjoycedrums.com  Please check it out. Let me know what you think.
A FEW THINGS I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO RECENTLY


FROM 1973. Herbie Hancock's HEADHUNTERS album. A Jazz Funk classic with the wonderful Harvey Mason on drums. Herbie was inspired by what Miles Davis and artists like Sly Stone and James Brown were doing. He took the Funk and the new technology of synthesiser's and made this seminal record.
"Papa" Jo Jones. A phenomenal drummer. One of the all time greats. a major influence on later drummers such as Buddy Rich, Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes, Max Roach and Louis Bellson. Count Basie's drummer from 1934 to 1948. A magician with brushes as well as sticks and some amazing footage available with Jo playing the drum set with his hands.

Dr John - Goin Back To New Orleans
This album came out in 1992 and won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues album. Produced by Stewart Levine who I worked with on a couple of Simply Red albums, "Picture Book" and "A New Flame"
WHAT  I'VE BEEN READING

A must read for any drummer who wants to understand how rock drumming got to where it is today. There is so much information in this book and references to classic songs and the development of rock drums.  I was so inspired by it that I compiled a thirteen and a half hour playlist on Spotify of every song named in the book.
Check it out.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5FXFwlQYBOso5PvKXHdO7g?si=4d1e4f2bf6084b0c
A book that was originally published in 1965. The result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Based on a series of in-depth interviews conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination.
A New York Times reviewer described it as a "brilliant, painful, important book".
Malcolm X was assassinated in New York in February 1965,
A book that is still very much as relevant today as it was in 1965.
 
WHAT  I'VE BEEN WATCHING
 
During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. Riz Ahmed is brilliant in this movie. Don’t be put off by the title. It's a great human story.
 
The true story of Molly Bloom, played by Jessica Chastain, a young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested. Lots of tension in this movie . Molly's lawyer, Charlie Jaffey, is played by British actor Idris Elba, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe. What a woman! Great story!
 
First aired on CHANNEL 5 in the UK in February this year, this series looks at the "greatest hits of the 1980's." The Simply Red part of the program starts at 58 minutes in and focuses on the song "Holding Back The Years". Look out for yours truly.
Follow the link to watch......
https://www.my5.tv/greatest-hits-of-the-80-s/season-1/episode-2-c97d1788-6b97-41d3-a8cb-7182acb97b5f

FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE

Facebook Livestreams. Most Thursday's at 6pm UK time I do a live show on Facebook. Playing songs, looking at different styles of music and generally just having a bit of fun and a hangout with friends from around the world.  Not just for drummers. Bring your own drinks. No social distancing necessary.

If you aren't on Facebook then I put all my livestreams and more on to my YouTube channel.  Just search Chris Joyce Drums on YouTube and it should  come up.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Forward it to friends who you think maybe interested and get them to subscribe as well.

AND FINALLY SOME HAND TO HAND PRACTICE ROUTINES FOR YOU TO TRY OUT.  USE A METRONOME, START SLOWLY AND GRADUALLY INCREASE THE TEMPO WHEN YOU ARE COMFORTABLE. 


 
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