Powerhouse Lenny White with favor of restrained funk and intention of putting the rock back into jazz-rock, collaborated to create these cymbals to be unusual and unique to his sound.
Lenny White Epoch Crash
- Features dark and downright forceful, but not overly complex cutting sound.
- Opens with blast of high frequencies which slice through, giving impressive projection.
- The opening brightness nips back quickly but lingers on within deeper - and still penetrating even while subsiding - decay.
"All of the Epochs are distinguished by their medium to medium-heavy weights. This bulk, combined with the amount of hammering and lathing present produces stunningly complex cymbals that also deliver a potent kick. The Epoch crashes are downright forceful. Each crash opens with a blast of high frequencies which slice through, giving impressive projection. The opening brightness nips back quickly but lingers on within a deeper - and still penetrating even while subsiding - decay. With each step up in diameter the crashes get both louder and darker, and the 19" and 20" models make convincing crash/rides. Some cymbals - particularly loud ones - can be wearing when hit frequently over the course of a gig, but with Epoch crashes there is nothing of the sort with these. Their warmth and musicality made them a pleasure to play over and over." - Adam Jones
"Lenny White's Epoch line was developed to re-create the famous ride that jazz legend Tony Williams used on the classic Miles Davis album Nefertiti. The resulting 22" Epoch ride cymbal proved so successful at capturing Williams' raspy tip-and-shank signature that White and Istanbul decided to expand the line with crashes and hats. All of the Epoch crashes share the ride cymbal's extensive hand hammering, cursory lathing, and fairly flat profile. But unlike the ride, which has a small lathed bell, the crashes' bells are large and unlathed. The 19" and 20" models have wide, flat bells, and the 17" and 18" versions' bells jut up to a round crown. The medium-weight 17" and 18" Epoch crashes had a chunky, explosive attack and a quick, dark, and slightly trashy decay. The 19" and 20" models sat more in the multipurpose crash/ride category. As rides, they possessed dry stick sounds with a controlled and tempered wash. As crashes, they required more than a delicate shoulder accent to get them to open up. The 20" had an especially rigid feel that reminded me of Germanic symphonic cymbals. These crashes, along with the rest of the Epoch series, seemed to have a certain "I dare you" attitude that could turn off drummers looking for instruments that "play themselves." But when you really dig in and hit these plates with confidence, there's a lot of color and complexity to be explored." - Michael Dawson
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