Modern Drummer


Glossy american monthly for both rock & jazz drummers with the usual amount of interesting interviews, instructional columns, equipment presentations and reviews. Most interviews of interest to the general public. Recommended. (rojaro)

1981 July

Vol. 5 No. 5 Issue 25

Drum Soloist: Terry Bozzio
By Paul Goldberg, p 82

Fills taken from Zappa In New York "The Black Page #2".


1981 November

Vol. 5 No. 8 Issue 28

Terry Bozzio: Burnin'
By Robin Tolleson, pp 22-24, 94-97

It takes a special drummer to work with Frank Zappa, whose music is a combination of just about everything. Terry Bozzio not only met the challenge, but he did it so well as to become one of the most popular and best known of Zappa's long roster of drummers. Bozzio offers an interesting look into today's music scene, and into his own musical development. (read more)


1982 May

Vol. 6 No. 5 Issue 32

Aynsley Dunbar
By Rick Mattingly, pp 8-11, 36, 38, 40, 42-43, 45

Currently with the Jefferson Starship, English-born drummer Aynsley Dunbar has played and recorded with such major artists as Frank Zappa, Journey, David Bowie, and John Mayall. He discusses his varied career and explains some of the techniques and philosophies that have helped him to become one of the most respected professionals in the business. (read more)


1982 August/September

Vol. 6 No. 6 Issue 35

Ed Mann: Expanding Percussion
By Rick Mattingly, pp 14-17, 74-77, 79

As percussionist for Frank Zappa, Ed Mann is called upon to play virtually all types of music while using every possible percussion instrument. In this exclusive MD interview, Ed describes what is involved in maintaining the ability to play so many instruments, and offers a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most unique bands in cintemporary music. (read more)


1982 November

Vol. 6 No. 8 Issue 37

Vinnie Colaiuta
By Robyn Flans, pp 8-11, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56-58

Occasionally, a lot of people will start talking about a certain musician – "Hey, have you heard...?" Most recently, Vince Colaiuta has captured this kind of attention. First coming to prominence with Frank Zappa, Vinnie has gone on to make his mark on the L.A. studio scene. MD caught up with Vinnie, and probed the background of " the new guy in town." (read more)


1983 May

Vol. 7 No. 5 Issue 43

Chad Wackerman: Enjoying All Challenges
By Dave Levine, pp 14-17, 52, 54, 56

Any drummer who can handle gigs with such diverse artists as Frank Zappa, Alan Holdsworth and Bill Watrous deserves respect, and when that drummer is revealed to be only 22 years old, the respect becomes combined wit amazement. Chad discusses the backgrounds which prepared him for these very demanding musical situations. (read more)


1984 December

Vol. 8 No. 12 Issue 62

Terry Bozzio
By Rick Mattingly, pp 8-13

The Rhythms Of Frank Zappa
By Bob Saydlowski Jr., pp 102-103

1988 December

Vol. 12 No. 12 Issue 109

Chad Wackerman
By Robyn Flans, pp 20-25, 50, 52, 54, 56-57

His work with Frank Zappa and Allan Holdsworth has establisher Chad Wackerman as a drummer who cn handle extremely complex music, while his playing with Albert Lee and Men At Work shows that he is equally comfortable with simple grooves. For Chad, the goal is to play each style convincingly. (read more)


1990 January

Vol. 14 No. 1 Issue 122

Ed Mann
By Rick Mattingly, pp 18-23, 52-59

A long stint with Frank Zappa has given Ed Mann the opportunity to improvise and experiment with percussion in a multitude of ways. Here, Ed shares some of what he has learned along the way, and discusses his first solo album, his work with the Repercussion Unit, and the role of the percussionist and of electronics in music. (read more)


1997 July

Vol. 23 No. 7 Issue 236

The Drummers Of Frank Zappa
By Mark Griffith, pp 152-157

Throughout the history of drumming there have been a few gigs that have made a special impact on the music and drumming communities. Playing with the likes of Miles Davis, Sting, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Weather Report, or John Scofield has automatically entered the drummers into a respected elite. But in some respects, playing with Frank Zappa has inspired even greater awe among drummers, and carried a special mystique that stems from the leader's demanding reputation and his penchant for over-the-top musical complexity. (read more)


2008 February

Vol. 32 No. 2 Issue 339

Zappa Plays Zappa's Joe Travers The Vaultmeister
By Mike Haid, pp 98-101, 103, 105-106

Joe Travers believes in destiny. He was born into a family of drummers. His grandfather, father, uncle, and cousins all played. His drumming DNA was set in motion at an early age when his father bought him his first kit at age four. It wasn't until his early teens that he began taking drumming more seriously. (read more)