Mark Griffith

Independent

Mark Griffith

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About

Paiste Artist Since
March 2001

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Independent

„The amazing sound of the 22” Sound Creation Dark Ride played by Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, and Al Foster is seared on my brain. The cushion of Billy Higgins’ Paiste 602’s and Roy Haynes’ 602 Flat taught me what musical support was. Bonham’s Giant Beats and Charlie Watts’ 602 hi hats defined rock music for me. When I read the liner notes to my favorite records, I learned that Steve Jordan, Carlos Vega, Jeff Porcaro, Russ Kunkel, and Jim Keltner were playing Paiste’s on all of my favorite records. Whether it’s rock, jazz, or anything in between, it’s Paiste.“

Setup

Mark Griffith

Cymbals listed from left to right

19" Masters Dark Crash
14" Formula 602 Classic Medium Hi-Hat
18" Giant Beat «Multifunction»
10" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Splash
8" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Splash
22" Signature Traditionals Medium Light Ride
20" Signature Traditionals Extra Thin (discontinued)

Mark Griffith

Cymbals listed from left to right

22" Sound Creation Dark China (discontinued)
13" Formula 602 Classic Medium Hi-Hat (discontinued)
19" Formula 602 Classic Medium Ride (discontinued)
22" Sound Creation Dark Ride (discontinued)
18" Formula 602 Classic Thin Flatride (discontinued)
8" 2002 Bell (discontinued)

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Biography

Mark Griffith has carved out a long career in today’s music industry through professionalism and musicality. His busy schedule of all things drumming combines a deep respect for music history, with an eye towards the musical future. He has built a stellar reputation through his ability to play all styles of music authentically and with absolute conviction. As a performer this versatility has enabled him to appear regularly at the most popular rock, blues, and jazz clubs and festivals around the world. Mark’s debut recording “Drumatic” featured compositions written by a lineage of jazz drumming legends. But it’s not always about the playing… For 25 years his feature articles have appeared regularly in magazines such as Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, The Not So Modern Drummer, Stick It, France’s Batteur and the UK’s Drummer! When he’s not playing or writing about. the drums, he also finds time to do teach the next generation of drummers. He has given clinics and master classes at New York City’s Drummer’s Collective, Boston’s Berklee School Of Music, Philadelphia’s University Of The Arts, and Newark’s School Of The Arts. Mark also collaborated with drumming legend Steve Smith on the instructional DVD’s: “Jazz Legacy: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” and “The Art Of Playing With Brushes.”

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 18", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, warm, strong, exotic, sizzling, earthy. Wide range, slightly complex and dense mix. Fairly soft, responsive feel. Great for explosive, strong, dark accents. Complex, washy ride sound. A modern China cymbal with a wide spectrum for various musical applications. “The China is nearly smooth”, states Vinnie Colaiuta.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Warm, mellow, crystal-like. Medium range, fairly clean mix. Very balanced and controlled feel. A pearly, woody stick sound paired with a silvery wash. A very sensitive cymbal perfectly suited for soft playing at lower volume level and studio application.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, snarling, silvery. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a very responsive, explosive splash sound. Low tuned effect cymbal for lively accents in moderate volume. Well suited for hand-playing. Vinnie Colaiuta explains: “They are sweet, they are these kind of punctuation marks in the background.”

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Rich, warm, full, silvery with a light touch. Wide range, fairly complex mix. Soft feel, easy to control. Lively, responsive and warm open sound. Full, precise chick sound. Versatile hi-hat for medium loud settings, perfectly suited for studio applications.

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    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson

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