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by Russ Miller

Superstar Drummer's first solo album of contemporary "Groove and Latin" Jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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Album Notes
"Cymbalism" is Russ' first solo album. Originally released in 2000, the Cymbalism record was a by-product of the Drum Set Crash Course DVD. Russ Says, "I always liked the compositions on Cymbalism, I never thought the record had a fair shot! It was done literally in one take surrounding the Crash Course DVD shoot. I wanted to revisit the record. I wanted to spend the time with it and make it sound like an album. We re-tracked all of the drums, some bass and guitar as well. Brad Haehnel remixed and we remastered it. Now, it sound like an album! Also, it was a lot of fun to re-track drums after playing those songs live for 5 years! Usually, I recording a song the first day I hear it, this was very refreshing". 
 The musical maturity gained in that five years is very evident on this recording. A traditional "Blue Note" instrumentation (Sax/Trumpet up front) with a powerful funk/R&B rhythm section approach, makes "Cymbalism" a very listenable and unique record. Along with Rique Pantoja (Steps Ahead, Brazilian Recording Star), Russ has penned very mature compositions. This recording also is the first time that Russ has used the same ensemble for an entire album. This led to a very tight sounding unit that grew together through the process of these recording sessions.

This 'all-star' band consists of: 
Russ on Drums

Rique Pantoja (Steps Ahead, Milton Naciomento) - Keyboards

Jerry Watts (Mylene Farmer, Wishful Thinking, Tommy Walker) - Bass

Richie 'Gajate' Garcia (Phil Collins, Diana Ross) - Percussion

Joe Diblasi (Pink Floyd, Session Great) - Guitar

Tommy V (Bobby Caldwell, Powernut) - Guitar 

Guillermo Guzman (Milton Naciomento) - Bass

George Shelby (Barry Manilow, Bobby Caldwell)- Saxes

Lee Thornburg (Tower Of Power, Tonight Show Band)- Trumpet

Russ Miller Bio:
Russ Miller is internationally known as one of the top touring and session drummers of today. As a Multi-Platinum recording artist, he has played on multiple Grammy® award winning recordings with combined sales of over 26 million copies. His musical versatility has led him to work with an incredible list of over 50 international artists including legends like Ray Charles, The Fifth Dimension, Cher, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner & Bobby Caldwell through superstars such as Andrea Bocelli, Nelly Furtado, The Psychedelic Furs, Al Jarreau, Hilary Duff, Steve Perry, Daniel Bedingfield and Meredith Brooks. As a star of the Los Angeles studio scene, the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll voted Russ in the top 5 Studio Drummers in the world, 3 years in a row. He has performed on more than 300 albums and dozens of international movies such as "Chicken Little", "Fracture", "Rugrats Go Wild!” "Lakeview Terrace", "Resident Evil Apocalypse", "Silent Hill" and "Garfield". As a leading session artist, Russ has played on #1 songs/albums for three years in a row (2000-2003). Along with his many album credits, he has two solo albums, Cymbalism and Arrival on R.M.I Records. In addition, Russ performs educational clinics throughout the world for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo, Shure and Meinl music instruments. Russ also has authored two books: The Drum Set Crash Course and Transitions, along with his three videos, "Arrival-Behind The Glass" from Hudson Music, The Drum Set Crash Course and The Drum Set Crash Course Tuning Edition from Alfred Publications. A 5 time Modern Drummer readers poll winner, Russ' solo projects were voted the #1 educational books and videos in the world (2001-2004). For info visit or



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