|Billy Ward on the Groove Guide
"[The] Groove Guide by DrumPerfect.com is reliable and road worthy. It confirms agood, steady tempo. Highly recommended if your tempos are "under a microscope" from night to night, or if you simply want to improve the mechanics of your playing in general."
|Billy just completed the 16 stop DW Spectrum Of Sound Tour with DW vice president and drum-maker genius, John Good. For the last year, Billy toured with Joan Osborne, Readers of Modern Drummer Magazine have noticed Billy’s Concepts articles that have now been appearing in the magazine for a year. Billy performed at the Modern Drummer Festival ‘00, demonstrating his unique approach to drumming technique. Billy has played drums on more than 50 albums and 50 film soundtracks and, in addition to drumming, has lately turned his ears toward producing. His solo album, “Two Hands Clapping” got a (perfect) 5 star rating in Modern Drummer and was called “drummer’s album of the year”. As a teacher and clinician, Billy emphasizes a more musical approach to drumming with an emphasis on the psychological aspects of making music on drums.|
|SELECTED PAST TOURS:|
Currently on tour with Joan Osborne (00 - 01)
Richard Marx (97 - 98)
George Russell and Living Time Orchestra (93 - 01)
Carly Simon (98)
Leni Stern (95)
Jimmy Webb (95)
Chris Whitley (92 - 95)
Bill Champlin (90 - 93)
The Knack (92)
Bill Evans Supergroup (86 - 88)
Yoko Ono (86)
Ace Frehley (86)
|SELECTED ALBUM RECORDING CREDITS:|
Robbie Robertson / Storyville
Leni Stern / Words
Bill Champlin / ...And He Started To Sing
Carly Simon / Film Noir
Jim Beard / Lost At The Carnival &Truly
Bill Evans / Push
The Fixx / (in process)
Bruce Gaitsch / Nightingale
Marc Jordan / Cow
The Knack / Serious Fun & Greatest Hits
Terri Nunn / Moment Of Truth
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / That Thing You Do!
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Under Siege
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / The Island Of Dr. Moreau
George Russell and Living Time Orchestra / It’s About Time
Amy Sky / Burnt By The Sun
Dar Williams / Mortal City
Clayton Bruce Ost / This Day And Age (produced by Billy Ward)
Jon Albrink / Shimmer and Thrum (produced by Billy Ward)
|SELECTED FILM SOUNDTRACKS:|
The Walking Dead
Mi Vida Loca
That Thing You Do!
|QUOTES ON BILLY WARD:|
"What a beautiful Monster!”
“Billy Ward has incredible energy for the band. He’s got all the techniqueof the great drummers but he’s not ‘Mr. Flash’. He’s got a lot of soul and heart in his playing.”
“Don’t let that engaging smile fool you. Billy Ward is thinking drums,time, and rhythm every moment, all the while playing for the music and for the band playing it. He never surrenders himself to playing ‘good enough’. Billy is always working on new magic to express himself.”
“In a drumming world filled with highly touted so-so players, Ward is a certifiable monster - impressive chops, an incredibly solid feel, a vast knowledge of styles, and a true sense of touch (practically a lost art thesedays). Oh, and be sure to include Billy’s playful, gregarious personality on that list; it adds a sparkle to any music he touches....Drummer’s record of the year.”
"Billy has been a friend of mine for years, and I'm a big fan of his drumming. His cd is every bit as musical and passionate as he is! Do yourself a favor and check it out, I'm sure you'll dig it!!"
"Billy Ward!!! There couldn't be a talent more deserving of wider recognition that I can name. He is a phenomenal player, both in concept and execution, and a wonderful, warm and funny person. In my humble opinion he has been an "accident" waiting to happen for a very long time and I think other people are finally beginning to feel the same way. The drumming community is lucky he is one of us!"
“....but the one who comes to mind is Billy Ward. He really understands the whole essence of space and how the body is ‘flowing motion’ in that space, creating the feel and the time of the notes.”
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