A new beginning by David deSouza
This was a collaboration between a friend living in Canada and in NZ. He recorded an idea and asked me to come up with a creative drum track to go with his tune. We went back and forth over ideas and finally agreed with this. This was my first foray into digital recording, learning the nuances of digital recording and mixing with Logic Pro
Carousel by Dave Weckl / Jay Oliver
This tune is a time signature of 6/8 which has a nice circular feel to it. What makes this tune interesting is the need to play with sensitivity as well as add colour to enhance the music
Samba for Cecilia by Clifford Rodrigues
This was a collaboration between a friend I met on a musicians Whatsapp group. He had recorded a tune with electronic drums that seemed to mechanical for a beautiful Latin Jazz composition. I volunteered to add drums to give it a more human feel and he loved the final recording.
Rainy day by Dave Weckl / Jay Oliver
This is a straight ahead pop tune that is a delight to play as it sounds so good. It even seems rather to easy that is till you come to song bridge, if you’re not paying attention you can get thrown off.
Experiment with acoustic and electronics
I always wanted to find a way to combine the power of electronic percussion with acoustic drums so that I can get a varied palette from electronics but with the dynamic range of acoustic drums