January 29, 2015
American jazz drummer and percussionist Bruce Ditmas tried (and almost succeeded) to change the facade of progressive pop music and jazz via musical technology.
Born in Atlantic City but raised in Miami, Ditmas accompanied singers including Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Della Reese, Leslie Uggams, and Sheila Jordan, between 1964 and 1970. Later in the 1970s he concentrated on solo performance, including experiments with drum machines. His only two albums were both released in 1977 using a Mini-Moog (donated by Gil “Hendrix” Evans), an Arp 2600 and a wide range of treated percussive instruments.
Finders Keepers will release a compilation in spring with key picked tracks from the albums 'Yellow' released on Wizzard Records and Aeray Dust out on Chiaroscuro Records, both released in '77. A later pillar of the Enja and ECM community, Bruce's later work in TV, film, sound sculpture and free music still renders truly unique recording to this very day.