The third DVD in the A Natural Evolution Series, Weckl focuses on all aspects of developing your own sound. Beginning with how to get a great accoustic sound, Weckl walks the viewer through all the details of tuning your kit and the various functions while guiding the viewer through proper selection and placement. Next Weckl works with the mixing console and covers frequencies, equalization, phase cancellation and noise gates.
In this DVD Dave explains and demonstrates how to practice to develop the most out of your playing. All the topics discussed are explained and demonstrated on the drum pad and then on the drum set.
The Dave Weckl Acoustic Band represents the realization of a dream. In 2013, while touring with Mike Stern, Dave was reintroduced to playing with the amazing Makoto Ozone. Dave met Makoto in the '80s, and Makoto blew Dave away during this tour! Each night, Mike would give some space for Dave, Makoto, and Tom Kennedy to improvise a song. The guys would take this opportunity to really stretch out! The chemistry was amazing. This record is loaded with straight ahead jazz, a little funk, a little Latin, and more.
Back to Basics features transcriptions and accompanying text derived from Dave's video of the same name. Topics include hand technique, stroke exercises, brushes, foot technique, coordinated independence, cymbal approaches, and three solo transcriptions.
Although Dave Weckl is an excellent drummer, not all of his recordings have been excellent. In the 1990s, you never knew if you would find something exciting or mundane on a Weckl album. But this fusion/soul-jazz disc turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Synergy, in fact, is the drummer's most consistently satisfying CD. Excessive producing was a major problem on some of his previous releases, but this time he generally avoids overproducing and goes for a real band sound. Joined by tenor and soprano saxman Brandon Fields, keyboardist Jay Oliver, guitarist Buzz Feiten, and electric bassist Tom Kennedy, Weckl has a solid team to work with and emphasizes improvisation and honest-to-God playing not high-tech studio gloss.