Omar Hakim: Montreal Drumfest 2013

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Vic Firth signature artist Omar Hakim performs Alice in Chains' ANGRY CHAIR with his group the Trio of Oz. If you're familiar with "Angry Chair", check this out. It's like nothing you've heard before! Omar's signature stick is crafted in Honey Hickory and features a round nylon tip for a brilliant cymbal sound. When the gig requires something a bit lighter, Omar reaches for his trusty AJ1 from the Vic Firth American Jazz® series.

JohnX Drum Lessons
Very hip.  Very musical.  Plenty of chops, but never over-done.  Beautiful!
Nice ! more rock should get jazzed
Krisha Actually
I want Omar touring with Daft Punk next year...
I'll always remember Omar playing on tour witht Weather Report. He was very impressive.
Robert Dore
The first time I ever saw Omar Hakim was in Mike Mainieri's band rockin a rather nice set of Grestch drums, then later with Weather Report as Peter Erskine's replacement and lastly with Sting on the "Dream of the blue turtles" tour.Each and every time; he had something fresh to say - he's 100% musician.
Omar has the skip in his beat that's so funky. Pure love and music from this guy. No wonder he's so in demand. Beautiful!
Love Omar! Glad to see him back on real drums after promoting Roland for so long.
Man this is SO tasty... 
Theatre Mad
I remember Omar with sting in the early to mid eighties and he was a monster player back then and is a monster player now. He's one of my all time favorites.
Jon Weisberg
Who the hell would give this a thumbs down? I saw him in 83 with Weather Report and he was incredible then and here he is 30 years later reinventing himself. This is the best I've ever seen him.
Absolutely brilliant
Don't often see drummers enjoying themselves this much-he lets rip and the music goes with him.Pure joy.
I would say that Sting made Dream of the Blue Turtles a great album because he wrote it, but i'd prefer to say that Omar's playing MADE that album..
Can barely hear his bass drum even with decent earphones. Is it just the mix?
Renee Gregory
This here absorbs all the negativity in the world.  Understand?  No - then you do not belong here.  Period.  So, get out!
Stamp Jockey
I love this guy - Omar gets better with age.  And he has those Pearl Masters singin'!
Carter Mize
He meshes together so well with the other musicians. They connect on an otherworldly level.
Rodrigo Soares
Excellent playing!!!!! Very lifeful, joyful, congratulations, Hakim!!!!!
Gully Foyle
Great Mr.Hakim will be drumming for rockers JOURNEY next months.
Nothing but love for this drummer extraordinaire -- still amazing, still funky!
Love Omar - animated. Love his signature sticks and snare...
mario pietro marco CRISTO
All the phrases he plays are so smooth and musical!! Passionate, but still beautiful touch!!
Enzo Guazzoni
The first song is a jazz version of Angry Chair from Alice in chains! jajaja that's amazing.
Yeah man. I got an Omar Hakim poster from Pearl at my parents house that is over 25 years old. One of my favorites back in the 1980s and one of my favorites in the 2010s.
Tj H
OH MAN. yea. My first, albeit unknown at the time, exposure to Omar was Dire Straits. BEST. DRUMMER. EVER! Years later, i realised all the songs i loved the drums of, were done by him. IDK who'd give this 20 dislikes...
You will never expect such a cover... RESPECT!!! Alice in chains!
Fancy Clown
Saw his work on daft punk's grammy performance. Amazing!
Russell Reilly
I agree, the drums are up front in the mix.....that being said,who cares?
Micheal Jerrod
One of my ALL time favorite drummers
Richard Murphy
Everybody Practice well. MerryChristmas, Ciao
I got to meet him after the "We Want Miles" concert in 2012. We had a great chat! Thanks Omar !!! :D
Dominik Pintarić
This guy has machine like precission
This song was done by another trio feturing Bobbie Rae who produced and re arranged this track and was also a vic firth artist by the way.. The parts are the same as the track was done by rachel Z and the other drummer before Hakim showed up.. The former drummer who was also married to this guys current wife before he replaced him in the same band! They wont credit him or her trio that recorded it and toured it for years but I saw that group and they where great.. This is a poor replacement and shame on them..
Bob Ayers
Nice i like when is more drums than other instrument plus is first time i see omar hakim playing. Wow
Rian Robinson
OMAR!!!still my dude...
Wow, he's so passionate
Luciano Calage
booyaa!!!!  i agree with Omar....still my favorite after all these years....he is definitely hooked in....such snap , energy, and musicality...if everybody played like this.....we'd be better off...
Russell Reilly
Omar is incredible !
Trevor Rising
take the music out of the Technique and you are left with nothing
Rennan Queiroz
Muito bom!
Bill Grayson
This is an excellent video...Omar is one of the best...The pianist is killing, I wish she were more present in the mix. Very nice though!!
Juan José
Muy buena la banda, pero como siempre y una vez más tu calidad para hacer sonar tu batería no deja de asombrarme, Omar Hakim. Eres un grande entre los grandes, un verdadero maestro para mí. Salud, Omar!
mortimer snerd
Finest playing of cardboard box's I've ever heard!
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Chris Mangrum
That was some angry sticks!
Kirk Marshall
Jezreel Enriquez
Journey must have some taste coming up with the sub like Omar but they got to be paying him LARGE a week to show up and play at that level.
Great drummer, what is with those toms being so loud!
Ryan Conley
what's the song
i really like his small diameter hats
Pedro Coimbra
Thx ET's for sending this to my planet!!
gustavo eduardo diaz baiz
un gran baterista, una leyenda
tom richardson
This is one talented cat
Puro ossigeno.
Jeff Smith
Not to "nit pick" but if he would have shown a little more enthusiasm at the ending, it would have been worth setting through... kinda lack luster.
Darien Brown
is this a forum or a place to vent?
Chris Russo
Rachel Hakim !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..AKA.... ZZZZ !!!!!!!!
Barret's Music Education
poor guy plays pearl. 
Eric Sandoval
Love that he uses two rides
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mario pietro marco CRISTO
jacques prevert
4:24 whah....
Devon Kenny
John Di Raimo
Great clip of the trio. Beautiful playing by Omar. However, the audio for the upright bass could have been a little louder. He gets lost in the mix of drums and piano.
W. Maximillian de Johnsonbourg
Still got it.
ok....who's the female on the piano ?
Warren McCrory
Walter Hudson
One cool cat, his playing puts the S in smooth