ZACH DANZIGER & MARK GUILIANA
ABOUT THE ZACH DANZIGER
The parallels between the careers of the New York City drummers Zach Danziger and Mark Guiliana are uncanny. Danziger quickly rose to prominence in the mid-'90s, when he was touted as the next big thing after blowing everybody away with his daring Weckl/Vinnie-inspired rhythmic inventions on two hugely influential albums with the modern fusion guitarist Wayne Krantz, Long To Be Loose and 2 Drink Minimum.
About a decade later, Guiliana burst onto the scene as the fresh face in Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen's new band, a drum chair previously owned by modern jazz great Jeff Ballard. Guiliana's recorded output with Cohen-2003's Lyla, 2005's At Home, 2006's Continuo, and 2008's Gently Disturbed-showcase not only the drummer's deft improvisational skills in acoustic jazz, but also the ever-expanding aesthetic that would ultimately lead Mark to part ways with Cohen in 2009 so he could pursue other interests that extended beyond the jazz idiom. These new endeavors included gigs with the genre-bending bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, a funky electro-groove recording with keyboardist Jason Lindner (Now Vs. Now), and dates with Guiliana's own improvisational groove project, Beat Music.
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INTERVIEW & PERFORMANCES
ZDMG Project: "Troy Zeigler"
American Classic® 85A
Combines the dimensions of an 8D and 5A. A great jazz stick.
L = 16" | Dia. = .550" [enlarge photo]
ZDMG Project: "He Sees The Floor Well"
5A Dual Tone
5A wood tip with a durable synthetic felt mallet head attached to the butt end.
L = 16 1/8" | Dia. = .565" [enlarge photo]
ZDMG Project: "They Got Good Olives"
American Classic® 55A
Combines the dimensions of a 5A and 5B. A great choice when a 5B is just a little more stick than required.
L = 16" | Dia. = .580" [enlarge photo]
Danziger took a similar path back when he left Krantz's band and began exploring a new musical genre that was just taking hold in New York City nightclubs in the mid-'90s. "I was in a rut musically," Zach says. "But when my friend [and MD contributor] Ken Micallef gave me a compilation cassette of some drum 'n' bass stuff, I went nuts for it." The drummer eventually put together his own group, Boomish, which combined elements of jungle, drum 'n' bass, breakbeat, hip-hop, jazz, and funk with a cheeky sense of humor and a slightly absurd variety-show-style live presentation.
These days Danziger splits his time composing and playing drums for major motion picture soundtracks, like Alvin And The Chipmunks, Ocean's 13, and Sex And The City, while also leaving room for noncommercial, experimental projects such as the collaborative instrumental trio Bedrock with keyboardist Uri Caine and bassist Tim Lefebvre. On the group's latest release, Plastic Temptation, Zach pulls double duty: He lays down some inspired live performances on the kit, and he also handled much of the post-production, which involved dropping in layers of synthetic sounds, glitchy loops, and samples. Danziger is currently working on another trio project, Mister Barrington, which features Roots bassist Owen Biddle and keyboardist Oli Rockberger.