jeff ballard

The week ahead in gigs

It’s one of those times for enjoying yourself now and relaxing later, with a hefty double bill this evening, and then a quiet weekend. First up it’s the teachers’ turn. Drummer Jeff Ballard (he of countless great sessions and now… Read More ›

A ballad for Ballard

I don’t think anyone’s ever written one. A ballad is perhaps not the natural musical form for a drummer, though that would be to typecast this particular drummer. And to typecast Jeff Ballard would be completely out of order. So,… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 15-03-10

Brad Mehldau: Highway Rider (Nonesuch 075597982701) Gosh, here’s an extraordinary thing. A double album of new compositions from the pianist played by his trio (Larry Grenadier on bass, Jeff Ballard on drums) sometimes with a second drummer (Matt Chamberlain), sometimes… Read More ›