Cindy Blackman: Drums

35 seconds as to why Cindy Blackman is an important musician:

Developed her reputation with Lenny Kravitz, here in 2005:

And when the video for the original song came out (1993):

Live on TV, later time, but similar time:

Later, she shows you how it’s done:

As here also, explaining that she had wanted to have a drum kit from the age of four:

And then later, having married Carlos Santana and playing with the Santana band:

Positive journey throughout. Didn’t know her name, until searching for this.

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1 Response to Cindy Blackman: Drums

  1. On August 28, 2012, Gerry Wand commented as follows (e-mail correspondence reproduced with permission):

    She is really good. In the Lenny Kravitz clips, she plays very straightforward and to the point. She is playing with a particular integrity required for that song. In the Santana clip, she shows what she has in her back pocket; great technique. You couldn’t play like that with Kravitz.

    Before Fosterchild, I had a lot of live experience playing in and around the Montreal area, but not so much studio (Enter Larrie Londin). I listened to and admired Michael Shrieve (Santana) and Mitch Mitchell (Hendrix). They both played traditional grip as well. They also played with a lot of flair.

    For example, I used to practice along with a song called “Birds of Fire”, the title track to an album by Mahavishnu Orchestra, where Billy Cobham was the drummer.

    Other than playing with Jacques Blais for a short while when I was still living in Montreal, before moving West, I could very rarely use that, unless in was my solo time. Then that time was mine.

    Cindy Blackman does that, and shows it well in her solo with Santana.

    Jacques Blais taught me the 7/4 beat. Tried to incorporate it into a Fosterchild song years later, but it couldn’t work.

    Sometimes you need to keep that flair tucked away in your back pocket, until the right band or song comes around for you to open up.

    Michael Shrieve with Santana:

    Mitch Mitchell with Jimi Hendrix:

    Billy Cobham with Mahavishu Orchestra:

    Jacques Blais, “Vrai ou Fou”:

    Postscript, August 29, 2012:

    As an example of the 7/4 time that he learned through Jacques Blais, and the resulting complexities in drumming, Gerry Wand drew this piece to my attention. So fortunate that someone, somewhere, took the time to upload this:

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