Mapex Drums is proud to welcome Greg Hutchinson to the Mapex roster of artists and is pleased to announce that he will be among the first to showcase the new Black Panther Design Lab series of drums.
Mapex Artist Relations Manager Bob Terry states, “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an innovative and accomplished artist! Greg is proficient across many genres and requires his instrument of choice to deliver the sound that he needs for each style.”
Described by Jazz Magazine as “the drummer of his generation,” Gregory Hutchinson is truly one of the most highly respected musicians of our time. Mastery of timing and expression of rhythms are at the core of his personal style. While soundly rooted in the jazz tradition, he is known for approaching all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind-blowing innovation.
As a young phenom in the jazz community, Hutchinson shared stages with the likes of Red Rodney, Betty Carter, and Ray Brown. More recently, he continues to work with a virtual who’s who of the jazz world including Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and Maria Schneider among many other luminaries.
Greg has found that adopting both newly introduced Black Panther Design Lab series platforms helps him better express his musical thoughts. “Versatus and Cherry Bomb: both sing and make my life easier.” Hutchinson continues, “These are the drums I have been waiting for. If I have been waiting, so have you! Come join me and my new friends, Mr. Cherry Bomb and Mrs. Versatus!”

Showcasing the highest level of MAPEX design and manufacturing capabilities, Black Panther Design Lab drums leverage 30 years of drum making experience and extensive knowledge of the science of sound to bring new sonic concepts to life. Through the Sound First methodology of the Concept Hybrid approach, these drums provide an unparalleled opportunity to create uniquely tailored instrument systems with additional innovative options allowing the artist to further adapt the sound to their personal style.

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