16 November 2009

An American company older than America

A Continuous Lean | American Percussion: Zildjian Cymbals

The Zildjian company is the oldest family owned business in the United States, tracing its origin back to Turkey in the year 1623. The company was established in America in Quincy, Mass. in 1929 by Aram Zildjian who perfected the art of cymbal manufacturing. Now after many years of making some of the finest cymbals in the world, company is coming up on its 400th birthday. The 14th generation of the Zildjian continue to operate the famous percussion supplier at their headquarters and factory in Norwell, Massachusetts.
Bully for them.

ACL has a couple of cool videos of a Zildjian factory tour, as well as this drum battle between Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. I'm not a huge Jazz guy, but Krupa and Rich are a couple of my favorites.

This calls for "Far More Drums" off of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Further Out, even though I have no idea if drummer Joe Morello used Zildjian cymbals.

Interesting trivia about Time Further Out:
Wikipedia | Time Further Out

The tracks are ordered by the number of beats per bar, starting with "It's a Raggy Waltz" and "Bluette" in 3/4, "Charles Matthew Hallelujah" in 4/4, "Far More Blue" and "Far More Drums" in 5/4, "Maori Blues" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, "Bru's Boogie Woogie" in 8/8, and concluding with "Blue Shadows in the Street" in 9/4.
That's intriguingly conceptual.

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