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John Blackwell: Technique, Grooving and Showmanship [2 Discs] [DVD] [English] [2002]
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Special Features

  • Alternate angle edits of solos and demonstrations and Modern Drummer Festival 2002 performances, with DrumCam and bass drum inset
  • Commentary track by John
  • Historic clips of some of John's chief influences (Lionel Hampton, Papa Jo Jones, and Gene Krupa) with John's commentary
  • Interviews backstage at MD 2002
  • Photo gallery and more


John Blackwell: Technique Grooving and Showmanship
Drummer John Blackwell, who developed his sharp, funky style playing with Patti LaBelle and Prince, shows off some of his secrets in this educational program. In John Blackwell: Technique Grooving and Showmanship, the drummer discusses his key influences, demonstrates exercises which can help hone your chops, explains the fine art of constructing a solo, and shows how to put more groove and style into your performances. The video also includes footage of Blackwell in action with his jazz-funk ensemble, Matrix. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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