Kate Gentile

Kate Gentile is a drummer-composer with a highly advanced and personal musical language. Trained in jazz from high school on, she began listening to metal in recent years and has since gravitated toward some of the more intense, outlandish areas of the underground. In this episode, she discusses a slew of her favorite death-metal bands — including Cenotaph, Defeated Sanity and Malignancy — the process of incorporating double-kick drumming into her jazz work, why Tony Williams' playing was a revelation early on, what she admires about metal fandom and much more. To learn more about Kate and her work, go to kategentile.com.

Dave King

Best known as one third of jazz luminaries the Bad Plus, Dave King is also an experienced rock drummer, and an avid fan of the genre in all its forms. In this episode, he discusses everything from his love for classic Iron Maiden to what it was like to meet Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler. To learn more about Dave, go to daveking.net


Greetings, and welcome to the Heavy Metal Bebop Podcast.

Heavy Metal Bebop is a series of conversations about jazz and metal. HMB explores the intersections of these genres through in-depth interviews with key figures from each of these worlds. Begun in 2011 as a series of web Q&As, HMB has relaunched as a podcast as of February 2019.

Go here to read all prior installments, including interviews with Craig Taborn, Bill Laswell and Black Flag's Greg Ginn.

Details of the podcast version of HMB are still being worked out, but to start, new episodes will appear monthly.

Learn more about HMB host Hank Shteamer here.

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