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Delegations & Assignments

by Kevin Hayden

If you like the Yellowjackets and Dave Weckl, then you're gonna love this tasteful blend of contemporary jazz and experimental fusion!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Skyline
3:41 $0.99
2. That\'s Right
4:56 $0.99
3. Delegations & Assignments (Interlude)
4:42 $0.99
4. The Chase
5:29 $0.99
5. Clear Traffic
6:27 $0.99
6. Song For Kayla
5:59 $0.99
7. Moment In Time
4:05 $0.99
8. At Ease
7:27 $0.99
9. L & K
6:07 $0.99
10. Break Point
3:53 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
1. Skyline: (Phil Smedley II)
Phil Smedley II: keys and key bass
Kevin Hayden: drums and additional key bass

2. That's Right: (Terry Harris)
Terry Harris: keys and key bass
Jamie Breiwick: muted trumpet
Kevin Hayden: drums

3. Delegations & Assignments Interlude: (Kevin Hayden)
Terry Harris: keys and key bass
Kevin Hayden: keys, key bass and drums

4. The Chase: (Kevin Hayden, Terry Harris)
Terry Harris: keys and key bass
Jamie Breiwick: muted trumpet
Kevin Hayden: drums

5. Clear Traffic: (Kevin Hayden)
Terry Harris: keys and key bass
Jamie Breiwick: muted trumpet
Steve Peplin: guitar
Kevin Hayden: drums

6. Song For Kayla: (Kevin Hayden, Terry Harris)
Terry Harris: keys
Steve Peplin: guitar
Damian Erskine: bass
Kevin Hayden: drums

7. Moment In Time: (Steven Spraggins)
Steven Spraggins: keys and key bass
Kevin Hayden: drums

8. At Ease: (Steven Spraggins)
Steven Spraggins: keys and key bass
Kevin Hayden: drums

9. L & K: (Lance Tolbert, Kevin Hayden)
Lance Tolbert: keys and bass
Jamie Breiwick: flugal horn
Kevin Hayden: drums

10. Breakpoint: (Lance Tolbert)
Lance Tolbert: keys and bass
Kevin Hayden: drums

Bio (taken from the official website of Kevin Hayden)

Kevin Hayden is a drummer who is known to articulately translate speech through musical notes on the drums. Born on May 25, 1980, in Fort Wayne IN, he began to take an interest in drums at the age of 2. Coming from a long line of family drummers to include his father, Tracey Hayden, it is no wonder that he loves his craft so much. Kevin was brought up in church where he had the opportunity to play the drums for various choirs. When he was 13, he was noticed at his church by a visiting community choir director, which led to his involvement in hundreds of local performances, a live recording and tours in Georgia and Texas.

During the year of 1994, as Kevin grew and matured on the gospel scene, his father introduced him to the music of jazz drummer Will Kennedy (Yellowjackets) which changed his entire approach to drums. A year later, his uncle introduced him to the cassette tape “Masterplan” by fusion drummer Dave Weckl. Kevin studied night and day to gain these new concepts of jazz and fusion. His combination of gospel, fusion and jazz led to a distinct and unique style which captivated his listeners. In 1998 Kevin entered into the US Marines but his musical journey did not stop. In 1999 while stationed in Camp Lejeune NC, Kevin found a church to play for. This is where he met drummer Lamont Sydnor (Christina Milian, Wayne Brady) who was also in the Marines and at that time playing for the Mike Corrado Band. After hearing Kevin’s skills, Lamont saw his potential and quickly embraced him as a friend and began to broaden and shape his skills on the drum set.

After completing the Marines in 2002, Kevin moved to his mother’s home town of Milwaukee Wisconsin. It wasn’t too long before he drew the attention of other great musicians at various jam sessions and auditions. Since then Kevin has worked with well known Milwaukee acts such as Christopher’s Project, Street Life, Growing Nation, the Terry Sims Band, the Evan Christian Quartet, the Jesse Sheehan Quartet, the Jamie Breiwick Quartet, the Adventures of the Static Chicken, SLM, Heads with Wings, Marc Ballini, Curt Mychael, Ethan Keller and a host of other musicians and singers. In 2007 Kevin enrolled in the music program of Milwaukee Area Technical College where he studied music under one of Milwaukee’s premiere jazz drummers Ben Hans.

Recently Kevin has demonstrated an instructional video and took part in the production of a bass DVD for Gospel Chops. Here he had the privilege and honor to work on the same set as drumming legend Peter Erskine, pianist John Beasley (Queen Latifah) and a few well-known and up and coming bass players such as Damian Erskine, Andrew Gouche (Chaka Kahn) Robert “Bubby” Lewis (Snoop Dogg) Janek Gwizdala, and Hadrien Ferod.

Kevin is also known as the “bare-foot” drummer because he takes off his shoes and socks when he plays the drums. He first saw his older cousin use this technique years ago but he didn't go so far to take his socks off! It’s always a treat to the crowd to see this charismatic drummer kill a solo, then come from behind the drum set bare foot. When individuals ask why, he just smiles and replies “I get a better feel for the pedal that I’m using.”

Kevin is much of a family man with his beautiful daughter Kayla and future wife Natalie. Together they help to inspire his music and allow him to channel his natural love for them through musical expressions on the drums.



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Michael Cline

The Next Level for great artistry by Kevin Hayden
I will make my words short but meanful. If you know Kevin personally you would know that he is no doubt the most serious musician you will ever encounter. I have had the awesome opportunity to be in his presence while performing. I have witnessed the shoes to the barefoot playing. Kevin thank you for being you and giving your heart and soul into the project now laid out for all to enjoy. I am so glad that you got our brother Steve Spraggins in the mix. I don't know the others, however, great collaboration. I have purchased a CD and support you always! God has truly blessed you! Kevin I am extremely proud of your accomplishment!

Candace Johnson

Delegations & Assignments
Kevin's music is wonderful! I'm normally not the one to leave a review, but jazz music that has the drummer as the focal point is new to me and I must say a welcome change. We are looking at a star here and the sky isn't even the limit. Great job Kevin!


Excellent display of musicianship! This CD is a breath of fresh air that can be embraced by the world. It is a must have in your CD collection. I see great things in the future for Mr. Heyden and his musicians as a result of the artistry and hard work that was put into recording this project!

James B. Kinchen, III

My CD review of "Delegations and Assignments".
Kevin Hayden’s “Delegations and Assignments” CD is a tour de force, with an opening that sets the tone for the entire project. “Skyline”, in my opinion, is an announcement to the world that this is definitely a drummer that you should sit up and take notice. From the interplay of the musicians, to the skillful soloing over a motif, Kevin makes no excuses to demonstrate his musical diversity over this track. The next track, “That’s Right”, is what I call a “cool and hip” blusey feeling track. The layering of Terry Harris’ keys, along with the smoky sounds of of Jamie Breiwick combines for a track that you can simply relax to after a long day of work, or something to vibe to while you’re traveling. The solos from Terry Harris and Jamie Breiwick are extremely top notch, and not overdone. When it’s Kevin Hayden’s time to shine on this track, it feels like a summary of what everyone else has said on the track, and he brings this one home!

The title track, “Delegations and Assignments” has an jazz-fusion experimental feel to it that morphs into various attitudes that leaves you wondering who made them mad before they entered the studio, because it’s just that good! Another track that exemplifies great interplay between the musicians.

“The Chase” has a “spacey” vibe, in which it’s propelled by Kevin’s swing pattern on the hi-hats - this gives way to another pattern that is played on the ride cymbal that gives it an airy feel to compliment Jamie Breiwick’s trumpeting. Terry Harris’ keyboard work on this track is exemplary.

“Clear Traffic” is another track that I would listen to after a long day of work - it’s something that allows you to reflect and relax. Again, Terry Harris does it again with the keyboards! Kevin Hayden does an outstanding job on complimenting the track, without overpowering what is being said from each musician. This could be easily done, however, this is another example which shows Kevin Hayden’s musical maturity. Steve Peplin contributes to this track by bringing a little George Benson flavor - this definitely fits the context of the track. Very brilliant. Jamie Breiwick channels the chops and prowess of the greats on this track by lending his talents, and also gives a great solo.

“Song for Kayla” puts me in a mindset of looking at a photograph montage of moments with Kevin and his daughter, Kayla. What makes this all the more emotional is the bass work of Damian Erskine. It brings out the joys, the sadness, the ups and downs through that particular section. Steve Peplin’s section is a playful one - you can see the smiles from Kevin to Kayla. When Kevin Hayden brings the track home, it gives me a feeling of what a proud father feels, and he certainly places a stamp of love on the ending.

“Moment in Time” is an extremely brilliant track. The snare work by Kevin Hayden has a militaristic feel to it, and kept me on the edge of my seat, because I wanted to know what was coming up next. Instead, this track mellows out with a very nice allegro tempo. Kevin Hayden’s cymbal work on the first section gives additional airyness to the track and compliments Steve Spraggins’ keyboard comping and soloing.

If you’re looking for more versatility, look no further to “At Ease”. This track has a nice jazz combo feel, which shows that Kevin Hayden is a true musical chameleon. This, in my opinion, is one of the defining tracks on this CD. Steven Spraggins’ upright bass sounds on the keyboard is absolutely fitting, and totally within context of what is being said on this track. He also takes this one home with an excellent key piano solo.

Lance Tolbert brings his bass chops to “L&K”. It’s a very moody solo, which brings an antagonistic attitude to this track. It’s like good versus evil, and how the keys and bass interplays with each other. What’s that I hear?!? A flugal horn?!? Jamie Breiwick shifts his tonal gears on this one, and it doesn’t disappoint.

A very funky “Break Point” is a tip of the hat to two of Kevin Hayden’s influences, Dave Weckl and Will Kennedy. Here where you hear the crisp phrasing between the hi-hat and snare, along with very distinct tom and cymbal work throughout his solo. Lance Tolbert also gives us another taste of his bass work, which is nothing short of masterful.

All in all, I would rate Kevin Hayden’s “Delegations and Assignments” CD five stars out of five. Get it - you won’t be disappointed. Thank you for bringing us such a gem of a project! When is the next one slated to be released?!? Don’t leave us waiting too long!