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Baker's Dozen

Speaking Rhythms: Valentina Magaletti’s Baker’s Dozen
Jennifer Lucy Allan , March 31st, 2021 09:57

Prolific drummer and collaborator Valentina Magaletti marks the release of Tomaga's finest album by telling Jennifer Lucy Allan about her favourite 13 albums, from The Cure to Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Can to Deerhoof, This Heat and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Photo by Adele di Nunzio


Deerhoof – Milk Man
The singer from Deerhoof has been my flatmate in London for a year and a half. I was a fan of Deerhoof, then a mutual friend knew she was looking for a place in London. I had a spare room in my flat, so I rented it to her. She is like my sister, we are really close friends.

Greg Saunier's drumming is amazing. We opened for Deerhoof in New York and it was so much fun. Greg had the biggest hi-hat I’ve ever seen – he uses two 18" crashes, and I always use two small 6" bells, so we had this adventure in scale, it was really funny! But that is a fantastic band with an incredible sound. He was joking with me that he wouldn’t know what a paradiddle is – he's not technically trained in a conventional way, but is in a class on his own. I think that band is like an opera.