Sure, the Toronto-born drummer has ridiculous technical skill. His work with the Brooklyn instrumental jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy won him a share of two Grammys and put his face on the cover of a lot of drummers’ magazines. But his versatility has landed him gigs in many other settings, including with the NAC Orchestra, and there’s a bright optimism to his playing that keeps him from being just a jaw-dropping technician. Although he’s definitely also that.
- written by Paul Wells