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Steve Weiss Mallet Workshop


Just found this. Listening to track one and I love this track. So I'm excited and thought I would post it.

I'm sure Randy Sutin or John Keene will know all about it.


John Keene Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:10

Sorry, I'm not acquainted with this album. It's an interesting coincidence to me that just yesterday I was watching a Rick Beato video where he's talking about the non-funkiness of a drum machine part as a result of quantizing. It's the same here; I'd probably like the idea more if a human was playing the percussion. Well, probably not.

John Keene Tue, 06/23/2020 - 17:48

In reply to by tonymiceli

No, you're not a knucklehead at all. The name Roy Ayers would bring most people to that conclusion if one isn't hip to what Roy has been doing the last few decades. The harmony used makes it sound like mid-nineties neo-soul - like the harmony you'd hear on an Erykah Badu or a Meshell Ndegeocello record. And I like both of them a lot, but I don't like the computer drums on the Roy track. I've been plenty guilty of using drum computers and they certainly have their advantages in production work, but I'd be loath to use one on a music recording. But again, it was an exploratory time as far as technology went.

Randy_Sutin Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:28

This is the first I have heard of this project. It does have some interesting moments, no doubt. Roy has a history of political activism and this is a great time for that to surface. For me, Roy's Ayers, Bobby Hutcherson, and Jay Hoggard's are the jazz vibists who most bring the lineage forward from the balafon to what we do today. It is good to hear him doing that, albeit in the context of hyper-produced loops, etc.

Some of the other tracks from this project that I just checked out are probably recorded with his MalletKAT because the sounds are very balafon like, but I don't think it's actually a balafon because his lines are very chromatic.

Either way, very cool find.


What instruments does this pertain to?