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Stewart Bill

Musicians or bands:

Bill Carrothers, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Maceo Parker, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Fred Wesley, Greg Allman, Joshua Redman

Biography and commentary:

Bill Stewart is one of the young jazz drummers (born in 1966) the most talented of the moment, mastering all the advanced techniques (such as improvisation of the four limbs with a level rarely equaled, polyrhythmic independence in the footsteps of Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Jack Dejohnette). Bill was a child prodigy of the drumset which he first taught himself and records his first album in 1973, at 7 years old only while playing like a "pro" of the studios (rock, blues of Greg Allman "Laid Back" )! He will focus on jazz as his studies advance and begins even before school's end to play with the most avant-gardist jazmen and virtuoso of the time as Gary Peacock (Gary is known especially in the legendary trio with Keith Jarrett and Jack Dejohnette). He has perfectly integrated the techniques of the best funk and jazz rock pioneer drummers like Clyde Stubblefield, David Garibaldi and Jack Dejohnette. Bill already has an instructional video filmed at the Modern Drummer Festival 1997 and played with jazz musicians among the most innovative and talented of today (Including Pat Metheny, the guitarist with 17th Grammy Awards). He also works with former James Brown funk musicians like Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley. His duet with the pianist Bill Carrothers is a summit of jazz inventiveness, virtuosity and Culture (a must).

Marc De Douvan, publication in French: January 3, 2006 (for the translation in English: July 12, 2015)

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