Drummer Omar Hakim Releases New DVD
(mtebaldi | Posted 2010-07-09)
Combining two of his classic videos, Express Yourself and Let It Flow, Omar Hakim: Complete DVD cover a number of important concepts such developing a fluid style on the drumset, thinking compositionally to develop more musically interesting solos, and the importance of relating to other musicians personally as well as musically.
Oma Hakin is one of the most successful live and session drummers of the past 25 years. Born in NYC in 1959, Hakim credits jazz vibraphonist Mike Mainieri with giving him his first break in 1980; Hakim appeared in a video with Mainieri called The Jazz Life and began working with singer Carly Simon through Mainieri. Hakim first came to major attention as a member of Weather Report and then Sting's Blue Turtles band, appearing in the film Bring On the Night.
In 1984 Hakim did most of the drum work on Dire Straits' album Brothers in Arms, when the previous drummer Terry Williams' performance was found unsuitable for the desired sound of the album when most of the songs were already recorded. Hakim recorded all the drum tracks on the album. Between 1988 and 1989 he appeared regularly as the house band drummer in The Sunday Night Band during the first half season of the acclaimed music performance program Sunday Night on NBC late-night television. Among the notable artists he has played with are Anita Baker, Sting, Weather Report, Mariah Carey, Madonna, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Chic, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Everything but the Girl, Marcus Miller, Kazumi Watanabe, Lee Ritenour and many others.
This DVD not only gives you an intimate look at one of the greatest drummers, widely-acclaimed for his versatility, technological prowess, and groove, but also provides you with some enlightening information that will help your own playing evolve.
You can order the Omar Hakim: Complete DVD for $19.99 at www.alfred.com.