Steve Smith: Drumset Technique/History of the U.S. Beat
featuring Vital Information and an all-star "Historical Band"
A virtual encyclopedia of drumset techniques, styles and concepts
History of the U.S. Beat (Disc Two)
With the help of an all-star band, Steve explains the evolution of the drumset in U.S. Music, how the drumset was first used in all the major styles, and how closely related all the styles are. Segments Include: Early New Orleans Jazz, Big Band, Bebop, Rhythm and Blues, Country, Blues, Gospel, Rock, Funk, Jazz/Rock. In addition, Steve's group Vital Information plays seven complete tunes that feature applications of the techniques and complex rhythms explained in Disc One.
Running Time Disc Two: 2 Hours 3 Minutes
Special Features: Extensive bonus footage including alternate-take drum solos, a brilliant hi-hat solo and hi-hat tutorial, alternate take band performances, a camera-switching option, optional running commentary by Steve, a listening list, a reading list, and more.
Total Running Time: 4 Hours 38 Minutes
Musicians: Frank Gambale - guitar, Tom Coster - keyboards, Baron Browne -
electric bass, Mark Soskin - piano, Steve Marcus - sax, and Mike Pope -
Produced and Directed by Paul Siegel and Rob Wallis
Written by Steve Smith
Edited by Phil Fallo