One of the biggest legends in drumming died a few days ago, Louie Bellson. Louie was one of the most incredible jazz drummers ever and gave Buddy Rich a run for his money on many occasions.
First double bass drum
Among may of the things Louie was known for was being the first guy to play two bass drums. Even today not many jazz cats do that.
I had the pleasure of seeing Louie play live several times and I have yet to see another musician on stage who enjoyed what he was doing more than him. Louie was well known for being a very nice gentleman, unlike the reputation that Buddy Rich had.
Louie, I’ll miss you man. Cheers to you. I’m sure you’re playing drums in drum heaven and still have that great smile on your face.
Here’s a blog post about a cool waterproof case made by OtterBox. These are great for storing professional audio or video or small high tech items.
An audio engineer could fit several microphones, digital recorders or other stuff in this case to protect them from dust or moisture.
Wow I guess the millions of hits on my kit take their toll. I was setting up for a gig a couple of nights ago and my ride cymbal was a little off alignment. I grabbed it to adjust the boom arm and the boom arm snapped in two! This is a piece of steel which is 1/2″ thick! I barely grabbed it too. I suppose a couple of decades of pounding on the thing weakened the steel or something. Maybe it was frozen but still that’s wild.