Billy Drummond – Valse Sinistre (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:30 minutes | 891 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cellar Live
Cellar Music Group, releases acclaimed drummer and composer Billy Drummond’s new album Valse Sinistre on August 5. This is his first album as a leader since his 1996 cult hit, Dubai (Criss Cross), which was named the Top Jazz Album of the Year by critic Peter Watrous in the New York Times, and was recently chosen as one of the “50 Crucial Drumming Recordings of the Past 100 Years” by Modern Drummer magazine. On Valse Sinistre, the drummer of creative faculty and warmth documents a vibrant iteration of Freedom of Ideas, a fluid ensemble he’s been leading for the past decade. The multigenerational project features Dayna Stephens on saxophones, Micah Thomas on piano and Dezron Douglas on bass. Valse Sinistre is produced by Jeremy Pelt, as part of his ongoing partnership with Cellar Music Group.
While touring the world with some of the music’s most innovative voices, Drummond has been a significant player on the New York City scene over the past three decades. He’s the drummer other drummers check out at Smalls and Mezzrow. His craft and sensitivity enhance a versatile approach to the instrument and a truthful interpretation of the sound. Over the years, the Newport News, Virginia native has collaborated with Carla Bley, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Buster Williams, Steve Kuhn, JJ Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Charles Tolliver, James Moody, Sheila Jordan, Andrew Hill, Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez, Hank Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Stanley Cowell, Chris Potter, Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, Eddie Henderson and Joe Lovano, among other diverse statement makers. Valse Sinistre presents a well-honed, curated repertoire primed for rediscovery.
1-1. Billy Drummond – Little Melonae (04:56)
1-2. Billy Drummond – Never Ends (07:00)
1-3. Billy Drummond – Valse Sinistre (06:12)
1-4. Billy Drummond – Laura (03:29)
1-5. Billy Drummond – Frankenstein (05:18)
1-6. Billy Drummond – Changes For Trane & Monk (03:15)
1-7. Billy Drummond – Clara’s Room (05:50)
1-8. Billy Drummond – Reconfirmed (04:22)
1-9. Billy Drummond – Lawra (04:04)