I was in Modern Drummer.

AUGUST 2017 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. CHECK IT OUT.

Summer touring in support of Aimee Mann's newest album Mental Illness is more or less wrapped. Here's a video of us live in studio at Seattle station KEXP. LINK

Check the "gigs" page for info about the new weekly series I'm co-leading at ETA in Highland Park on Tuesdays with my frequent collaborator and pal Paul Bryan. We've got some great bands lined up.

I'm also stoked "AF" to be playing at the Angel City Jazz Festival this year with Jeff Parker's Quartet. More info HERE.

 

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TROPES, reviewed.

For the release of Tropes, I enlisted the help of Stephen Buono Artist Services. Stephen helped me land a nice set of favorable reviews for the record, some of which I've compiled here. Enjoy! 

"Mayhall’s nicely unclichéd, rock-tinged, jazz-aligned originals take their cues from Soft Machine, ’70s Miles Davis and Weather Report." -John Payne, LA WEEKLY (full article)

“He’s a very self-effacing drummer - no solos but crisp and subtly propulsive throughout. Tropes is not fusion in the usual sense, but does deftly combine cinematic shadings, baroque dynamics, themes of progressive rock and classy, fluid improvisational nature of jazz. Rockers might say it’s jazz, jazz fans might call it rock - regardless, this is a brilliant debut.” - Mark Keresman, NYC Jazz Record  (full PDF issue)

"His eclectic instrumental debut is an introspective “liquidy” mix...  rhythmically innovative and sonically interesting..." - Jonathan Widran, Music Connection (full review)

"These songs aren't excitable. At times [they are] almost reminiscent of moments of Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life. They're gentle hums. This isn't to call the album pleasant. It takes doing to create a series of compositions that can be so calm, so relatable, so digestible, and so not disposable." - Anthony Dean-Harris, Nextbop (full review)

"There are so many drummer-led ensembles making interesting music these days it’s silly to say an album doesn’t sound like a drummer-led project, but Mayhall shines a generous spotlight on his collaborators, particularly Parker, who delivers some of his most beautiful and mysterious guitar work." - Andrew Gilbert, KQED's The California Report (full review)

"...Los Angeles is giving New York a run for its money as a jazz capital for the first time since about 1960. A case in point is the group led by drummer Mayhall." - Scott Timberg, Salon (full article)

"...a dreamy soup, complete with switchback drums, lingering bass lines and floating, tangled up guitar riffs..." - Martin Longley, Downbeat

"It’s the sort of record you might have thought can’t really exist as it falls through the cracks of so many different kinds of music, a kind of a slacker ECM vision with a bit more blood and guts to it..." - Stephen Graham, Marlbank (full review)

"This album shows just how strong subtlety can resonate, and of how nuance can be the driving force of creative vision." - Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily (full article)

"The best jazz debut of the year." - George Grella, Jr., author of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (33 1/3), The Big City blog (full article) 

 

Desert Island

The hypothetical "desert island" situation is a dumb one to me, mostly because the possession of any amount of musical recordings is totally inconsequential to one's survival out in the elements. But I do often think about the records I wouldn't be the same without. Here's a list of some length, in no particular order:

  • Miles Davis - Nefertiti, Live-Evil
  • Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
  • Bill Frisell - Gone Just Like A Train, Trio Live (with Joey Baron and Kermit Driscoll)
  • Elvis Costello - This Year’s Model, Armed Forces
  • Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can
  • Dave Douglas Tiny Bell Trio - Songs For Wandering Souls
  • Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden, Laughing Stock
  • Tortoise - TNT
  • Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come To Me
  • Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
  • Steve Reich - Drumming
  • Michael Cain with Peter Epstein and Ralph Alessi - Circa 
  • Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
  • Air - Talkie Walkie
  • Lan Xang - Hidden Gardens
  • Bill Withers - Still Bill
  • Beck - Sea Change
  • Souls Of Mischief - '93 til Infinity
  • Brian Blade Fellowship - s/t
  • Blonde Redhead - Misery Is A Butterfly
  • Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
  • Ornette Coleman - Change Of The Century
  • Glenn Gould - Bach: Goldberg Variations
  • Old And New Dreams - s/t (ECM)
  • Bonnie “Prince” Billy - The Letting Go
  • Todd Sickafoose - Tiny Resistors
  • Mississippi John Hurt - 1928 Sessions
  • John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard - The Master Takes (1961)
  • Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story (original cast recording)
  • Brad Mehldau - Art of the Trio, Vol 4. 
  • Fugazi - Red Medicine
  • Craig Taborn - Junk Magic
  • DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
  • Four Tet - Rounds
  • John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
  • Jackson Browne - s/t (Saturate Before Using)
  • Spain - She Haunts My Dreams
  • Pat Metheny - Rejoicing
  • Keith Jarrett Trio - The Cure, Tokyo '96
  • Keith Jarrett "American" Quartet - Survivors' Suite, Bop-Be