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Billy Drummond

Born: June 19, 1959    Primary Instrument: Drums

Billy Drummond

Drummer Billy Drummond first came to international prominence in the bands of the legendary Horace Silver and, later, J.J. Johnson and Sonny Rollins, with whom he spent three formative years. Now one of the busiest players of his generation, he can be heard on nearly 300 albums, including three critically acclaimed recordings as a band leader, including cult hit Dubai (Criss Cross), which was voted # 1 on New York Times Best CDs of the Year by jazz critic Peter Watrous. It features the two tenors of Chris Potter and Walt Weiskopf, along with bassist Peter Washington and Billy's powerful, highly musical drumming at the helm. The material is a compelling mix of originals by the leader and members of the quartet, rounded out with compositions by Dewey Redman, Pat Metheny and Billy Strayhorn. Dubai received high praise from critics, and received a four star review in Downbeat in which the author wrote, “a case has been made for Billy Drummond's new persona: one of the hippest bandleaders now at work.”...
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”Today, Drummond is one of the most called for players of his generation, sought by masters (Sonny Rollins, James Moody, Pat Metheny) and excellent peers (Javon Jackson, Christian McBride, Vincent Herring)...there's nothing ordinary about Dubai, his third Criss Cross CD; two tenors, doubling, over bass and drums (or just cymbals). Bands of drum greats come to mind - Elvin Jones' hypnotic line-weaving, Roach's taut freedom, Jack DeJohnette's chord-free openess - but Drummond carves things with his own flourish. Walt Weiskopf's fine writing, Chris Potter's versatility and Peter Washington's flexible-flyer bass make Dubai's hour fly by. —Fred Bouchard, DownBeat

”Rhythmatist Billy Drummond directs the proceedings with style and authority on Dubai, a two tenor quartet recording which more than adequately highlights Drummond's refined skills...Drummond makes masterful use of the melodic and harmonic devises at his drumstick-tips.” —Jazziz

”The elusive essence of a blowing session is captured on drummer Billy Drummond's Dubai.” —Sunday Omaha World-Herald

”Drummond has valuable ideas as a leader. For Dubai, he assembled a quartet with a fairly rare configuration; two tenor saxophonists and no pianist...he never settles on one rhythmic pattern for long, always suggesting fresh ideas for his musicians and keeping a loose, open feel to the recording.” —Ben Ratliff, NY Times

”Billy Drummond is one of the most crisp, popping, and sensitive straight-ahead drummers around, and this quartet is a great forum for his style. The ensemble sound is as tight as old school buddies and the soloing is inspired.” —Jeff Potter, Modern Drummer

”The Gift is a fine piece of work — imaginative, satisfying and memorable.” —David Zych, JazzTimes

”Drummer Billy Drummond has worked extensively with Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, and Bobby Hutcherson and he works hard to make his first record as a leader successful. An energetic, propulsive player he drives the group along effectively and fills up all the gaps...” —Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal International

”Taste and empathy are the hallmarks of drummer Drummond's playing...” —George Kanzler, The Star-Ledger, Newark

“Drummond is a crisp, authoritative drummer without bombast.” —Tim Coakley, Sunday Gazette, Schenectady

“... Billy Drummond's tasteful percussion work teasing and prodding instead of relying on volume...One World is a promising debut by a group which will hopefully be around for some time.” —Vinnie Tietro, Whole Life Times

“Let's face it — some jazz musicians have run the postbop groove into the ground, but the quartet Native Colors offers a fresh approach...” —Calvin Wilson, Kansas City Star

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