Drums & Percussion
|After years in the making, at winter NAMM show 2003 Evans announced the J1 head for snare and toms is to hit the market. Exhaustively tested on concert stages and in the studio by prominent jazz and rock artists, the J1 is finally available to all drummers.
One secret behind the new J1 is the texture, a feature it shares with the Evans timbale head. A special etched finish provides a superb surface for brush sweeps, affording the velvety feel and consistent, long, unimpeded tones. Drummers will find that long drags of the brush across the entire head will now produce a "silkier" feel and tone that will project acoustically and record exceptionally well.
The J1 offers a new dimension in open tones for snare and toms. A more ambient head with noticeably attenuated attack, the J1 is the middle ground between clear and coated heads.
"The J1 is a 10-mil. head," explains Mike Robinson, Evans Brand Manager. "The etching process 'relaxes' the film and opens the sound in a special way that drummers will appreciate. Regardless of style, jazz or rock players will recognize a distinctly musical character in the J1."
These sentiments are echoed by top jazz artists Peter Erskine and Adam Nussbaum, who have been instrumental in the development of the J1. Says Erskine, "The introduction of the J1 brings the history of Evans drumhead full circle, back to the 'good old days' of timbral warmth, full sound, natural 'give' and 'feel,' and a tunability that's second nature ... all qualities that calf heads used to call their own. The sound is perfect: the warmth and feel of calf, but with the high-end clarity that today's music and recording technology calls for. The J1 head is simply the finest head I have ever played on any of my snare drums or toms, and it has helped my playing tremendously... in short, the J1 head has actually made me a better drummer!"
Chad Wackerman, an accomplished jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured with Frank Zappa, Men At Work, Colin Hay, Dweezil Zappa, Tom Grant and Alan Holdsworth, also tested the J1 and had nothing but rave reviews. "The new J1s are great. They have a nice focus in the mid-range frequencies and a beautiful balance of attack and tone."