Elements Of One: Cuba, USA, Senegal, India, France 1995 – 1999

This movie documents the cultural connection of Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. This covers interactions, deep studies, interviews, performance clips, rehearsals and more under the direction of alto saxophonist Steve Coleman from 1995 – 1999. Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 1.18.31 AMThe journey extends from Egypt, Cuba, Senegal, India and France. As many artists explore the roots and history of creative culture, Elements of One is unparalleled as well as unprecedented.

Gene Lake Interview

gene_lakeProducer, Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gene Lake gives us his perspective and experience on music and his development as a musician/drummer. The unique thing is Gene’s professional outlook as he relates it to the humanities instead of where most define by resume and ability. I consider Gene not only a close friend, but as an exciting inspiration to witness and be a part of. I first heard and met Gene in 1995 in Washington DC in a club called Twins on Colorado Avenue N.W. where he performed with pianist Andy Milne. I remember how refreshing it was to hear the way his sticks slapped those drums. He reminded me a lot of my playing and style. It is no coincidence we met and are now musical compatriots as well as friends. 

Gene Lake & The Rick: Exchanging Ideas & Concepts

This is a look into the world of Gene Lake. Gene has worked with r&b group Surface, Me’shell NdegeOcello, Maxwell, and D’Angelo in the 1990’s. Gene has also worked with Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Opus Akoben, Screaming Headless Torsos, David Sanborn, and presently Boz Scaggs.
2016-04-06 18.15.58I’ve known Gene for over 20 years and I’ve been a big fan of his since the beginning. I recently visited Gene in his home studio in the suburbs of Montclair, New Jersey outside of New York City. Considering Gene has recommended me for many of the artists mentioned, he is a wonderful player, songwriter and producer whom offers inspiration like no other which contributed to me professionally upon his much appreciated repeated referrals. This video is more of a drum hang. We played alongside each other on his wonderful Pearl Reference Pure kits exchanging ideas based off drum chants I launched into. Check out Gene’s loose, powerful, accurate and laid back style!

Triple Chant in 5 #2

The snare/kick pattern loops for three measures with an extra kick in the last measure. The tricky thing is the ride cymbal which can also be played on cowbell. Then there are the pedaled hats beginning on beat 2. It pedals every other beat (2, 4, 1, 3, 5). Nothing lands together except the ride and snare on beat 5 in every measure. Five tempos are demonstrated: 100 BPM, 120 BPM, 140 BPM, 160 BPM, and 180 BPM. I highly recommend performing the chant at each click speed for at least 5 minutes per tempo.