Ed Blackwell – Complete Communion (Drum Solo)

Edward Blackwell (1929 – 1992) was one of the pioneer of the free jazz drumming, born in New Orleans he was known for his extensive work with Ornette Coleman. His musical roots, however, were extremely different, from New Orleans second line drumming to the Blues, Big Band swing, the music of the Mardi Gras Indians, Caribbean music … More Ed Blackwell – Complete Communion (Drum Solo)

Quintuplets Lesson – Part two

In the previous lesson I shared some exercises to master quintuplets, here’s the article: https://francisdrummer.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/quintuplets/ In this second lesson, I show you a system to play and interpret the exercises of the Ted Reed’s Syncopation (pages 38 to 45) using quintuplets with an alternate sticking (RLRLR LRLRL). What we’ll do is to read the pages of … More Quintuplets Lesson – Part two

Max Roach – Blues Waltz (Drum Solo)

Max Roach has been the first to record an album entirely based on triple meter, unusual until the mid-fifties, recording as leader Jazz in 3/4 Time (1957) for the label EmArcy, with Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone, Billy Wallace on piano, George Morrow on double bass and Max Roach on drums. Here’s the transcription of … More Max Roach – Blues Waltz (Drum Solo)

Max Roach – Take The ‘A’ Train (Trading Fours/ Drum Break)

Hi folks, here’s the drum transcription for the drum break/trading fours played by Max Roach on the tune Take the ‘A’ Train from the album Study in Brown (1955) by Clifford Brown & Max Roach. On the A section of the tune Max Roach plays the fours trading with the band, while on the bridge he plays … More Max Roach – Take The ‘A’ Train (Trading Fours/ Drum Break)