In his Masterclasses Jeff Ballard likes to be very fluid and to respond to the group’s interests. In this Masterclass Ballard will be addressing the physicality of playing: ie movement; balance; weight; and position while playing, and how all of which will contribute directly to Sound. The Masterclass will also touch on what swing is. Demonstrating by example and with listening recommendations on what swing seems to be. He will also explain the different styles of playing and how he approaches learning a beat or learning something new. The Masterclass also includes an overview about the evolution of the drum set, hoping to put the swing beat in context.
Jeff Ballard, the virtuoso drummer who has made his name playing with the likes of Ray Charles, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau has signed to Edition Records with his new album Fairgrounds, due for release in January 2019.
Jeff Ballard makes music that feels like the 21st century – open, fluid and ever-developing – a sound informed by jazz but truly coming to life where musical worlds collide: acoustic and electric, swinging and ambient, analog and digital, accessible and experimental.
With Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals, Kevin Hays on keyboards and vocals and Reid Anderson on electronics, the album also features saxophonists Mark Turner and Chris Cheek, Pete Rende on keyboards, who also recorded and mixed the album, with mastering by Nate Smith. This is a potent combination of musicians who revere the past while realising that art is always made in the present tense; they grew up versed in deep traditions but are keen to blur boundaries between genres. Jazz, rock, electronica and West African music all figure in the shape-shifting, crosscultural
sound of this dream band.
16 July 2020
Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta