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I've been playing Premier drums for 10 years now, and with this new “elite” series Premier has out done themselves.


Gene Lake has worked with a diverse range of artists: Me'shell NdegeOcello, David Sanborn, Maxwell, and D'Angelo in the 1990s; from jazz innovators Steve Coleman, Oliver Lake and Henry Threadgill, to fusion legends Joe Zawinul and Marcus Miller; from jazz/rap group Opus Akoben to acts that defy categorization, such as the wildly original rock/funk/jazz fusion group Screaming Headless Torsos.

Gene’s early childhood exposure to creative institutions as the Black Artists Group (BAG) in St. Louis is reflected in his constant desire to seek out the musically innovative and adventurous, even as he remains grounded in the basics of funk. Gene credits various drummers with influencing his musical style, from Diamond (Ohio Players) to Omar Hakim (Weather Report). In future he plans to spend more time writing music that synthesizes and transforms the many influences from which he emerged.

Critics have described Cycles, Gene Lake’s first jazz/funk CD, as “staggering”, “surprising”, and “out-and-out head slammin”.  A blend of ballads and funk, Cycles reflects Gene Lake’s love of the musically innovative and adventurous. His latest jazz/funk project features guitarist David “Fuze” Fiucyzynski, Marcus Strickland on tenor sax, and the vocals of Freedom Bremner.   



Premier Series Elite in White Marine Pearl wrap

  • 8" x 7" Quick Tom
  • 12" x 8" Standard Tom
  • 14" x 14" Floor Tom
  • 16" x 16" Floor Tom
  • 22" x 18" Bass Drum
  • 14" x 6.5 Snare Drum

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