Joe Strasser

Drums
Artist Albums
Recently Added
02/09/2020
Smalls
Jim Greene Quartet
12/29/2019
Smalls
Tad Shull Quartet
11/01/2019
Mezzrow
Peter Zak, Paul Gill & Joe Strasser
10/06/2019
Smalls
Tad Shull Quartet
09/09/2019
Mezzrow
Bennett Paster, Ed Howard & Joe Strasser
07/31/2019
Mezzrow
Jill McCarron, Paul Gill & Joe Strasser
07/23/2019
Smalls
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
07/17/2019
Smalls
Jim Greene Quartet
07/07/2019
Smalls
Tad Shull Quartet
06/25/2019
Smalls
Spike Wilner Trio
04/06/2019
Smalls
Ken Fowser Quintet
04/05/2019
Smalls
Ken Fowser Quintet
03/31/2019
Smalls
Sasha Dobson Septet
03/16/2019
Smalls
Alex Graham Quartet
03/15/2019
Smalls
Alex Graham Quartet
03/03/2019
Smalls
Tad Shull Quartet
02/10/2019
Smalls
Nick Hempton Band
01/01/2019
Smalls
Spike Wilner Quartet
12/08/2018
Smalls
Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
12/07/2018
Smalls
Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
11/25/2018
Smalls
Tad Shull Quartet
08/07/2018
Smalls
David Schnitter Quartet
08/03/2018
Mezzrow
Raphael D'Lugoff "After-hours"
07/31/2018
Smalls
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
07/18/2018
Smalls
Harold Mabern Trio
07/14/2018
Mezzrow
Barak Mori "After-hours"
06/30/2018
Smalls
Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
06/29/2018
Smalls
Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
06/23/2018
Smalls
Ken Fowser Quintet
06/22/2018
Smalls
Ken Fowser Quintet
04/24/2018
Smalls
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
04/22/2018
Mezzrow
Ben Waltzer with Neal Miner & Joe Strasser
04/15/2018
Smalls
David Schnitter Quartet
04/08/2018
Smalls
Ken Fowser Quintet
02/17/2018
Smalls
Smalls Showcase: Kate Cosco & Laura Dreyer Project
01/23/2018
Smalls
Spike Wilner Quartet
01/18/2018
Smalls
Alex Norris Quartet
12/27/2017
Smalls
Akiko Tsuruga Quartet
12/10/2017
Smalls
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quintet
12/06/2017
Smalls
Ken Fowser Quintet
09/24/2017
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
07/27/2017
Smalls
Sarah Slonim - "After-hours" Jam Session
07/23/2017
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Group
07/19/2017
Smalls
The Ryan Kisor Quintet
07/14/2017
Smalls
The Ray Gallon Trio
06/10/2017
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
06/09/2017
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
06/04/2017
Mezzrow
Lee Metcalf & Friends "After-hours"
05/21/2017
Mezzrow
Lee Metcalf & Friends "After-hours"
05/07/2017
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
04/09/2017
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
03/02/2017
Smalls
The Nick Hempton Band
02/26/2017
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
02/15/2017
Smalls
The Akiko Tsuruga Quartet
01/07/2017
Smalls
The Cory Weeds Quintet
01/01/2017
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
12/11/2016
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
11/21/2016
Smalls
The Jim Greene Quartet
11/13/2016
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
09/25/2016
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
08/24/2016
Smalls
The Akiko Tsuruga Quartet
08/14/2016
Smalls
The Yves Brouqui Quartet
08/13/2016
Smalls
The Ryan Kisor Quartet
08/12/2016
Smalls
The Ryan Kisor Quartet
08/07/2016
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
08/05/2016
Smalls
The Jerome Barde Quintet
06/19/2016
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
05/18/2016
Smalls
The Harold Mabern Trio
05/15/2016
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
05/08/2016
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
05/08/2016
Smalls
The Eyal Vilner Big Band
04/10/2016
Smalls
The Eyal Vilner Big Band
02/28/2016
Smalls
Alex Norris Organ Quartet
02/14/2016
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
01/29/2016
Smalls
The Joe Strasser Group
12/27/2015
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
11/07/2015
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
11/06/2015
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
10/29/2015
Smalls
"Paris Reunion" band
08/25/2015
Smalls
Peter Zak/Doug Webb Quartet
07/22/2015
Smalls
The Akiko Quartet
07/11/2015
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
07/07/2015
Smalls
The Ehud Asherie Trio
05/02/2015
Smalls
The Marcus Parsley Quintet
02/27/2015
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
02/08/2015
Smalls
The Eyal Vilner Big Band
01/02/2015
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quintet
12/12/2014
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
12/06/2014
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
09/12/2014
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
08/15/2014
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
07/06/2014
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
06/08/2014
Smalls
Eyal Vilner Big Band
06/02/2014
Smalls
The Greg Ryan Trio
05/30/2014
Smalls
The David Schnitter Quartet
05/25/2014
Smalls
"Round Midnight" with: The Ken Fowser Quintet
05/03/2014
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
05/02/2014
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
03/02/2014
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
02/07/2014
Smalls
The Peter Zak Trio
01/19/2014
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
01/18/2014
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
01/17/2014
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
12/15/2013
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
11/30/2013
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
11/04/2013
Smalls
The Jill McCarron Trio
10/19/2013
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
10/14/2013
Smalls
The Joel Frahm Quartet
09/08/2013
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
07/03/2013
Smalls
Behn Gillece & Ken Fowser
06/29/2013
Smalls
The Peter Zak Trio
06/02/2013
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
05/24/2013
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
04/21/2013
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
12/01/2012
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson Smith Group
11/30/2012
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quartet
11/18/2012
Smalls
The Charles Owens Quartet
11/04/2012
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
08/04/2012
Smalls
The John Marshall Quintet
07/08/2012
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
05/26/2012
Smalls
The Yaala Ballin Group
04/22/2012
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
03/23/2012
Smalls
The Sean Lyons Quintet
03/11/2012
Smalls
The Charles Owens Quartet
01/10/2012
Smalls
The Peter Zak/Rob Sudduth Quartet
12/06/2011
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
11/19/2011
Smalls
The Smalls Masters Residency: The Tad Shull Quartet
09/21/2011
Smalls
The Sheryl Bailey Quartet
09/14/2011
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
07/17/2011
Smalls
The Charles Owens Quartet
04/01/2011
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
03/23/2011
Smalls
The Cory Weeds Quartet
02/04/2011
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
02/02/2011
Smalls
After- hours with Jam Session
12/16/2010
Smalls
The Jill McCarron Quartet
12/01/2010
Smalls
The Andrew Beals Quartet
11/30/2010
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
10/16/2010
Smalls
The Lennie Cuje Quintet
10/15/2010
Smalls
The Lennie Cuje Quintet
10/12/2010
Smalls
Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece
10/10/2010
Smalls
Spike Wilner Trio & Special Guest Lucio Ferrara
07/13/2010
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
05/04/2010
Smalls
Vocalist Maria De Angelis
04/06/2010
Smalls
The Steve Ash Trio
02/02/2010
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
01/12/2010
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
01/09/2010
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Sextet
01/08/2010
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Sextet
12/21/2009
Smalls
The Neal Miner Trio & Special Guest Sasha Dobson
12/06/2009
Smalls
Spike Wilner & Special Guest Joe Magnarelli
11/01/2009
Smalls
The Yves Brouqui Sextet
10/20/2009
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
10/18/2009
Smalls
Spike Wilner & Special Guests TBA
09/22/2009
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith & Spike Wilner Quartet
08/26/2009
Smalls
After- hours Jam Session
08/25/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
08/11/2009
Smalls
After -hours Jam Session
07/28/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
07/21/2009
Smalls
Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece
07/19/2009
Smalls
The Yotam Silberstein Quartet
07/14/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
07/08/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
07/01/2009
Smalls
After- hours Jam Session
06/30/2009
Smalls
After - hours Jam Session
06/23/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
06/17/2009
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
06/16/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
06/09/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
06/02/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
05/26/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
05/25/2009
Smalls
The Neal Miner Trio
05/12/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
05/05/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
04/29/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
04/28/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
04/21/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
04/14/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session "Icons Amoung Us" Premier
04/07/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
03/31/2009
Smalls
After - hours Jam Session
03/24/2009
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
03/18/2009
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
02/25/2009
Smalls
The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
12/10/2008
Smalls
The Jim Rotondi Quartet
11/02/2008
Smalls
The Jeremy Manasia Quintet
10/27/2008
Smalls
The Ehud Asherie Trio
10/25/2008
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
10/24/2008
Smalls
After-hours Jam Session
10/24/2008
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
10/21/2008
Smalls
The Armand Hirsch Quartet
10/19/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
10/12/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quartet
09/14/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Group
09/11/2008
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quintet
09/07/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Group
08/10/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Group
08/07/2008
Smalls
The John Farnsworth Quintet
08/03/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Group
07/20/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Group
06/22/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
06/08/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quartet
05/18/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Trio
05/11/2008
Smalls
The Yves Brouqui Quintet
04/27/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quartet
04/20/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quartet
04/13/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Trio
04/06/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Trio
04/02/2008
Smalls
The Dave Schnitter Quartet
03/26/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
03/20/2008
Smalls
The Mike DiRubbo Quartet
03/19/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
03/16/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Trio
03/15/2008
Smalls
The Alex Grahm Sextet
03/14/2008
Smalls
The Alex Grahm Sextet
03/12/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
03/09/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Trio
03/05/2008
Smalls
The Ryan Kisor Quintet
03/02/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Ensemble
02/27/2008
Smalls
The Tad Shull Quartet
02/24/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Ensemble
02/20/2008
Smalls
The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Quintet
02/16/2008
Smalls
The Lennie Cuje Quartet
02/15/2008
Smalls
The Lennie Cuje Quartet
02/13/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
01/30/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
01/27/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
01/25/2008
Smalls
The Joel Frahm Trio
01/23/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
01/20/2008
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
01/16/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
01/13/2008
Smalls
The Ryan Kisor Quartet
01/09/2008
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
01/02/2008
Smalls
The John Marshall Quartet
12/31/2007
Smalls
New Years Bash! Happy New Year!
12/30/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
12/19/2007
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
12/16/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
12/12/2007
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Group
12/09/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
12/02/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
11/11/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
11/07/2007
Smalls
The Joe Magnarelli Quartet
10/27/2007
Smalls
The Lennie Cuje Quintet
10/26/2007
Smalls
The Lennie Cuje Quintet
10/21/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Ensemble
10/14/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quintet
10/07/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quartet
09/30/2007
Smalls
The Spike Wilner Quartet
09/26/2007
Smalls
The Tim McCall Quartet
Upcoming Shows
Three exemplary recordings from the first decade of the 21st Century, all issued on Marc Edelman's Sharp Nine imprint, are closely tied to two important New York City venues. Alto saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith's Up In Smoke (2003) and Still Smokin' (2004) were recorded live at Smoke Jazz Club (formerly Augie's), an uptown bastion of Hammond B-3 organ combos, jazz-funk bands, as well as an abundance of no-nonsense, straight-ahead sounds. In Orbit (2006), a studio date by Planet Jazz, the sextet founded by the late Johnny Ellis and currently led by pianist Spike Wilner, was nurtured by weekly appearances at Smalls, the legendary, musician-friendly Greenwich Village nightspot. These recordings are living proof that jazz based on traditional practices continue to sound fresh and vital in an age when the music is stretching in a myriad of directions. The personnel include significant mainstream players who are held in particularly high esteem by their peers: Guitarist Peter Bernstein, trumpeters Joe Magnarelli and Ryan Kisor, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, pianists David Hazeltine and Wilner, as well as bassists Barak Mori, Peter Washington, and Neal Miner. Hendrickson-Smith's records contain the enthusiastic blowing that one expects from live recordings, minus the customary excess. In Orbit is mostly dedicated to Ellis's unique, melodically rich compositions which lend themselves to improvisations of short-to-moderate duration. Aside from unapologetic ties to swing and bebop, the common denominator of all three discs is drummer Joe Strasser. Although you'll search in vain for his name in critic and listener polls, Strasser is a one of a kind stylist. Joe has his own take on jazz drumming, his own sound, says Hendrickson-Smith, who co-founded The Hotpants, a funk band which was a mainstay at Smoke for several years, with Strasser. And that's the true mark of any musician. Spike Wilner regards Strasser as an artist at a very high level; so creative and so thorough. Everything is very meticulous and everything is musical. He's tremendously versatile and traditional in the sense that he's got a real foundation. I know his idol is Jimmy Cobb, then Philly Joe Jones and the classic bebop drummers. Not unlike any tradition-minded trapster, Strasser's sound starts with the ride cymbal. The second he hits the cymbal, you know who it is, Hendrickson-Smith says. It's really crisp and exact. The cymbal beat contains just enough weight, pushing the band forward without taking up too much space. It drives an easygoing, medium tempo version of I Wish You Love, from Still Smokin', and works well with repetitive tom-tom and rim knock combinations. Tightly cleaving to Barak Mori's walking line, the light yet distinct cymbal is the most prominent part of Strasser's playing behind Hendrickson-Smith's solo on The Best Things in Life Are Free (Up In Smoke). Later on during Hazeltine's turn, he varies the ride cymbal rhythm, shifting into choppier patterns for a couple of bars. A colorist who is mindful of the effect of each stroke on the band as a whole, Strasser mines the rest of the components of the drum kit with equal parts of efficiency and artistry. The snare drum snaps with authority yet retains a certain lightness. Throughout Ryan Kisor's solo on an up tempo Love For Sale (Still Smokin'), his edgy snare accents push the trumpeter, and he sometimes plays in unison with Hazeltine's chords. The tom-toms are tuned beautifully and often employed on heads and behind soloists, frequently in repetitive patterns that sound out in a bell-like clarity. Improvising second-line funk rhythms on Hendrickson-Smith's Jacob's Crib (Still Smokin'), recurring three and four stroke figures to the mounted tom-tom make a fine contrast to single and buzz strokes to the snare. Strasser uses the bass drum more sparingly, and it impacts in interesting ways, like comping rhythms that would normally be executed on the snare or in acute contrast to brush strokes on ballads. He animates parts of Wilner and Stewart's solos on Buttermoose (In Orbit) with prominent bass drum hits, including one pattern that marches across the pulse. Memories of You (Still Smokin') includes stimulating bass drum beats amidst sensitive brush work behind Hendrickson-Smith's rendition of the melody and Hazeltine's solo. Both Wilner and Hendrickson-Smith speak enthusiastically about Strasser's rock solid time and his empathetic ways of interacting with other musicians. I love playing fast tempos with Joe, Wilner says. He just burns, but he's never out of control. It's so easy to play with him. He's on everything. You give him a glance and he gives you exactly what you want. Me and Joe have these weird, comping experiences that happen quite a bit, Wilner continues, where I'll comp an idea and he'll comp something elaborate at the same time-those great jazz moments. And it happens a lot. One of those moments occurs during the latter part of Wilner's solo on Ellis's The Squirrel is a Girl (In Orbit) when Strasser intuits one of Wilner's lines and tailors accents to it. That's a tough tempo to keep rock solid, Hendrickson-Smith says of the slow-to-medium pace of Chelsea Bridge, from Up In Smoke. At the suggestion of David Hazeltine, Strasser played with sticks instead of brushes. Sounding perfectly at ease, his steady, patient ride cymbal leads the way. He adds significant touches, like repetitive eighth note triplets to the mounted tom-tom during Hazeltine's solo, that never get in the way or violate the spirit of Billy Strayhorn's composition. He's a consummate sideman, Hendrickson-Smith adds. Joe's always waiting for you to ask him for something, and never forces the tune in a specific direction. He's got the perfect balance between gut and brains. If somebody gives Joe something to work with, he's all over it. Conversely, Strasser knows when to stay out of the way. For example, he all but disappears during the early stages of Magnarelli's Dual Highway (In Orbit) solo, allowing the trumpeter to explore a floating melodic line without the slightest interference. Apart from incisive playing on the heads and effective comping strategies, Strasser is a first-rate soloist who stays in close touch with the materials at hand. The thing about Joe Strasser is that his solos are unbelievable; they're really quite unusual, Wilner enthuses. Mommy, Mommy NO! (In Orbit) begins with a brilliant eight bar break. A repeated five note figure executed in unison on the bass drum and cymbal is answered by terse fills. Though the break is grounded in time and indicates a specific tempo, it nonetheless contains a slightly unsettled feel. When the band enters you realize that it's based on the composition's melody. That's stuff Joe came up with, Wilner replies when asked if the break is part of Ellis's chart. It's part of the level of authority that a guy like Joe brings to the table. A two bar vamp played by Wilner, Bernstein, and Gill provides a foundation for Strasser's extended solo on Hampton Hawes's Sonora (In Orbit). Thickset rhythms to the tom-toms, snare and cymbals are bound up in the simple figure. He approaches the vamp from every conceivable angle, cleaving to some parts and leaving others exposed. In contrast to the rest of the track's fleet swing, Strasser sounds as if he's having a grand time thrashing about in the muck of his own making. Weblinks: joestrasser@hotmail.com