Life on Drums

Saw Medeski, Martin, and Wood play the other night. 2011 marks their 20th anniversary as a trio, which was evident in the sophistication of their finely tuned nonverbal communication, and the inspired creativity they bring to their live show.

Here is a nicely photographed short piece about Billy Martin (drums) that addresses his approach to playing, as well as a bit on the history, technique, and creativity of percussion. Music and the visual arts really are parallel crafts with a slightly different language.

"Good musicians with a good sense of time don't have to imply it....Everybody shares that internal sense of time and pulse."