Dave Weckl

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Dave Weckl (actually David Joseph Weckl , * 8. January 1960 in St. Louis , Missouri ) is an American jazz - and fusion - drummer .

Career as a musician

Weckl studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston / Massachusetts. After he had already played various studio and live jobs at the early age of 20 (including the Simon & Garfunkel tour in 1982), the jazz world noticed him in the mid-1980s - mainly because of his work with Chick Corea and his electric and acoustic acoustic -Tape. After separating from Chick Corea (who replaced Weckl with Gary Novak ), he mainly worked with jazz guitarist Mike Stern . In 1989 he was a participant in the legendary " Buddy Rich Memorial Concert".

In addition to his work as a studio musician and lecturer (clinics, workshops, work at the Drummers Collective, NY), he has released several solo records that are musically located in the fusion area and still clearly bear the signature of Chick Korea. Chick Corea was involved in some of the recordings herself. Together with his own permanent band - the Dave Weckl Band , to which keyboardist Jay Oliver and bassist Tom Kennedy belonged since 1998 - he developed his own style. Five studio records, a best-of compilation and a live album have now been made.

The drummer Freddie Gruber has made a major contribution to the development that Weckl went through in recent years . Weckl took lessons from him again - in his mid-thirties. Weckl's game is technically at the highest level, but now seems looser and less “machine-like” than it did in the late 1980s. The inclusion of percussion instruments such as djembé and bongos on the drum set and their simultaneous play together with the regular set opened up new possibilities for playing drums.

When the newly formed Chick Corea Elektric Band toured Europe in spring 2004, Dave Weckl was there again.


Dave Weckl:

  • 1990 - Master Plan
  • 1992 - Heads Up
  • 1994 - Hard-Wired

Dave Weckl Band:

  • 1998 - Rhythm of the Soul
  • 1999 - Synergy
  • 2000 - transition
  • 2001 - The Zone (Best-Of-CD / DVD)
  • 2002 - Perpetual Motion
  • 2003 - Live (and very plugged in)
  • 2005 - Multiplicity



  • 1988 - Back To Basics
  • 1990 - The Next Step


  • 2003 - Back To Basics
  • 2003 - The Next Step
  • 2003 - How To Develope Technique
  • 2003 - How To Practice
  • 2006 - How To Develop Your Own Sound

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