This fantastic musician (who even played as a violin soloist with the Boston Symphony) was the drummer for the fabulous "Dave Brubeck Quartet".
His book "Master Studies" and "Master Studies II" are a cornerstone for me and, together with the late Jim Chapin, he is one of my major influences. My snare drum playing owes very much to him.
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Sadly, having had some heart trouble, he died yesterday aged 82.
As a homage, I suggest the following video, in which he plays one of the mythical themes by the "Dave Brubeck Quartet": "Take Five". Please observe the wonderful music, the splendid production and the superb sound (apart from the extraordinary musicians, perhaps those Neumann U67 are part of the equation).
Rest in peace.
…et in Arcadia ego.
© David Valdés