REVIEW DRUMMER CAFE:
Master Drummer starts out with Dennis Chambers sharing some interesting stories about his time with James Brown, P-Funk/Funkadelic, Steely Dan and Santana. He also talks about his upbringing, how he got his start in drumming and how he learned to do what he does. At times I felt there was too much detail in the stories, which seemed to drag on ... more specifically a story or two (ie. Man on Fire) that didn't have anything to do with Dennis or drumming per se, so I began to loose interest. Overall the stories are interesting, funny and educational, with little bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout.
Along with the stories in the main segment of the DVD, which lasts about 45-minutes, Dennis demonstrates the James Brown 'Fat Back' groove, as well as his approach to the tune "Chameleon". Bassist Benny Rietveld and Dennis demonstrate how to listen and groove, and do a fantastic job of working and playing together ... making music together.
There's another 2-hours worth of footage in the Special Features which includes Additional Performances by Dennis and Benny, as well as Overhead Shots from quite a few performances, including Dennis' solos. Additional Interviews with Dennis include topics such as Recording, Tuning/Maintenance, Drumming Styles, Matched vs. Traditional Grip, Playing with a Soloist, and much more.
The playing aspects of the Master Drummer DVD ... as if there was ever any question ... clearly shows that Dennis Chambers is a great musician ... who happens to play the drums.
I enjoyed the production quality and content of this DVD, sort of a breath of fresh air in fact, simply because it's different than other Dennis Chambers DVDs ... and other drum educational discs for that matter.
I highly recommend Master Drummer to anyone who is serious about making a living in music, especially drummers and percussionists. Hearing Dennis' take on the music business and making music, plus seeing and hearing him play alone and with a bassist, makes this disc a valuable resource.