Led by award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Weiss, Different Drum bridges the sounds of Africa & the Americas. Playful Calypsos, beautiful Brazilian Sambas, Afro/Cuban rumba, and funky South African Township music are some of the fabric that holds this band together. 'Different Drum is exactly that: this is not your run-of-the-mill jazz ensemble. There is something almost primitive in these works, calling forth that being inside us that makes us want to leap and dance. The many subtle and not so subtle rhythms that the group incorporates add more than simply another dimension to the music; they add a magnetic, hypnotic siren song that invites the listener into the music." Alan R. Hall - Chapel Hill News 'As I'm Checking out Nourishment, The CD by Alex Weiss and his tasty world beat outfit, Different Drum, the myriad rhythms message my senses. Imagine cracking the lid on an aromatic pot of homemade soup: The first sniff is a rush. I hungrily spoon up the stew of hot congas, bubbling bass and horns aplenty. Sonically speaking dinner is served... Joe Vanderford - Independent weekly July/2000.