I’d say most people would agree music plays a huge part in the holiday season, from the traditional carols and jingles to our favorite artists interpretations of standards, or even some new compositions with a holiday theme. Regardless of genre preference anyone can find holiday music to fit their tastes these days.
For the past few years I’ve been breaking out my Diana Krall album “Christmas Songs” to get into the spirit. Originally released in 2005 the collection features classics like “Jingle Bells”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”, among others. All the versions are great and I would highly recommend the album to any Jazz fan, but favorite part of the record is the drumming of Jeff Hamilton. His playing, especially his brush work on “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is top notch, tasteful, and inspiring. Jeff has been one of my favorite Jazz players in recent years. He’s well respected as a drummer and also as a band leader. I always enter a heavy brush phase after listening to this album. Here’s a sample clip of his Jeff's brush work I really dig. He also offers up some great techniques tips, which I use all the time in my playing. Hope you all enjoy!
*The Positive Spin on Drums weekly blog will resume on Monday January 7th, 2013 due to the holidays. Hope everyone has safe & happy holidays!