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I had heard Ray on two of my all-time favorite drum records, "Papa Joe Jones Trio" and "Max Roach +4," but this record is much different, very mellow and tasty, with some nice brush playing by Charles "Specs" Wright.
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The very first drum transcription from The Jazz Drum Corner and www.jazzleadsheets.com in now available! The transcription can be found here:
Philly Joe Jones Drum Transcription - No Room for Squares
We are very excited to finally have these available, after many months of refining. This particular track has some of my very favorite trading from Philly Joe. There is A TON of material just in this one transcription. This seven-page drum transcription with everything Philly Joe plays includes:
-- horn melodies are shown above the drum staff
-- Sixteen-measure intro (great hi-hat work)
-- AABA in melody
-- Philly Joe's playing behind eight bars of Hank Mobley's first solo chorus
-- The two choruses of trading with Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan: Philly Joe's fours, plus what he plays behind the horn soloists. Timing for Hank's first entrance in the exchanges is noted on the music: 5:28.
-- AABA out melody
-- Coda (hi-hat work like the intro)
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There has never been another drummer like Paul Motian. There has never a drummer so unique, creative, beautiful, swinging, abstract, soulful and everything else.
To me Paul represented perhaps the most beautiful lesson in music; keep searching. He continued to re-identify himself throughout his musical career.
His influence on the international jazz scene, but especially the New York jazz scene was profound. He provided that bridge between generations that lacks so much in the jazz today. Through bands such as his trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, the Electric Bebop Band, and every other assortment that he recorded with and brought the Village Vanguard so consistently, he exposed some incredible musicians to the world, and some incredible music.
For the next week, there will be many posts revisiting some of Paul's most important work.
Rest in peace Paul, you will be missed deeply.
Rare footage today from Johnny Griffin and Art Taylor. The whole 30 min. clip is phenomenal, but check out from 26:30 on to see Griffin's tune Blues for Harvey, and compare it Kenny Washington's playing on the same tune in this post found here. What hand speed!
One of my all-time favorite drummers that is too often overlooked, Pete La Roca. This a clip from the Jazz Icons series, which features some great footage of this band in Europe, featuring Jim Hall on guitar, and Steve Swallow on bass.
I have always loved Pete La Roca's swing feel. It is forceful, but also has a lightness and groove to it. In his soloing check out the timbre he gets from digging the stick into the drum and muting it (around the 2:00 mark). The entire concert is on youtube so check out the rest of tunes!
You can buy the jazz icons DVD's here:
You can find some of Art Farmer's compositions here:
Welcome to week 2 of "Rudiment of the Week." This week begins with the Du-Fives. I like this particular rudiment because it can be applied like a five-stroke roll, which is very common in the jazz language, but the flam in front makes it particularly tricky and a chop buster as well.
Start slow and build up, making sure to keep the flam clear.
A great video today from one of the modern day masters...Lewis Nash. Check out his development in this solo; how he sticks with an idea and develops it over time. He is playing "Without a Song" and listen closely to how he plays the form.
"Rudiment of the Week" will be a weekly special on www.jazzleadsheets.com. It will be a specific rudiment to work on for each week for all drummers who follow the blog. These rudiments are selected because they are particularly useful, challenging, or common.
To start it all off...the Triple Ratamaflam: