Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cindy Blackman's new adventures

Cindy Blackman left the rock band of Lenny Kravitz last June and now prefers playing in dimly lit jazz clubs, as Patrick Cole reports (Bloomberg). Jazz "is the highest form of music that you can play because of the creative requirements", says Blackman who will release her new CD at New York's Jazz Standard in January 21st. The excellent drummer played with Kravitz for 15 years, earning quite some reputation, especially through her role of a female drummer making it in a men's world in the video "Are You Gonna Be My Way?". Kravitz hired her in 1993 after she had auditioned through the telephone. Besides playing jazz, she plans to also continue working in rock contexts.

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