Whiplash and Birdman, Films Giving The Drummer Some Credit!

Whiplash and Birdman, Films Giving The Drummer Some Credit!

Let’s face it, there’s been a ton of movies about singers, guitar and piano players. Heck even trombone player Glenn Miller got a autobiographical film about him. It’s about time there was a film about a drummer. Whiplash, starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller is the story of a young, musician aspiring to be the best jazz drummer. With the aid of drill sergeant-like instructor he is pushed to limits the mind and body can take. You could look at this trailer and reduce it to a story about a drummer. But it goes beyond that. It’s about someone so hyper-focused on their goals that they can hit a wall. It’s about a passion that an instructor could aid or possibly end in a pupil. There’s a lot of ways to read into what this movie is about but it’s so great that the choose to tell this story threw the eyes of an aspiring drummer and his instructor. Classical piano players had the fantastic film Shine starring Geoffrey Rush and now jazz drummers have Whiplash! 



Birdman, starring Michael Keaton is a surreal story of an actor whose trying to redeem his career many years his popularity as a superhero film star. Filmed in brilliant one take sequences and awesome cinematography. The other thing to note, no pun, is the composer of the film is a drummer! Antonio Sanchez is an awesome jazz/fusion drummer who’ve I’ve written about in a previous post. The soundtrack is filled to the brim with drums! Works so well with the visuals of this film. Antonio isn’t seen in the film but drummer Nate Smith makes several cameos. Check out the trailer and soundtrack below!




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