New Faces: I'm Gene Krooper

Drummer James Bradley Jr. looks like the very spirit of the sideman—brow intent, eyes unsmiling, face masked in hazy boredom. When Los Angeles television station KTLA signed him to a 26-week contract last month, no one was surprised: Bradley is an exceptional drummer. He can play three-beat rhythms with one hand while he plays four-beat with the other. He can switch hands instantly to travel from the bone-dry clatter of the wood block to the rich depth of the snare.

He can embark on one beat, switch to another, then return to the original without a hitch. He never misses...

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