I’ve been into drummer Joe Chambers lately and picked up a copy of Bobby Hutcherson’s album Total Eclipse. It’s a great album that features Harold Land, Chick Corea, Reggie Johnson and Joe Chambers and I’m glad it was recently reissued.
I’m studying the song Herzog at the moment, which is the first track on Total Eclipse. It’s a complicated head and the solo form is tough until you can hear the chords.
Here’s how the solo section breaks down (in number of measures of 4/4): 8-8-3-3 8-8-3-3 3 Those last 3 bars can also be thought of as 4 bars of 3/4 time, which makes a little more sense harmonically. I’ve seen it written both ways.
Here’s a great video I came across of Bobby Hutcherson’s quintet playing live. I’m pretty sure it’s the same concert that’s on the live album called Blow Up, which is hard to find.
There’s not much footage of Joe Chambers, but what is shown is intense. The camera does stay on him during the transition to the piano solo. Watch how masterfully he brings everything down to make a fresh start for Stanley Cowell’s solo.
Bass – Reggie Johnson Drums – Joe Chambers Piano – Stanley Cowell Tenor Saxophone – Harold Land Vibraphone – Bobby Hutcherson
When he told me to get the book, I did not take the recommendation lightly. That said, if you’re like me you might be thinking something like “I already know how to practice” or “I’ve got my own system that works.” I get it and I put off picking up this book for a long time, which I regret.
Some of the topics might lead you to believe that this isn’t a book for drummers. While it’s true that not every chapter will be as valuable for some, the book as a whole is wonderful. It’s filled with hundreds and hundreds of concrete things to work on, along with anecdotes illustrating the ideas presented.
Some good news for jazz fans and drummers traveling through New Orleans this winter. Below is some info from the New Orleans Jazz Museum website.
The New Orleans Jazz Museum presents DRUMSVILLE!: EVOLUTION OF THE NEW ORLEANS BEAT
New Exhibition at the Jazz Museum Celebrating the Development of the Drum Set and Evolution of Drumming Traditions in New Orleans opened on November 8, 2018 and runs through March 15, 2019.
The New Orleans Jazz Museum will debuted a new exhibition, Drumsville!: Evolution of the New Orleans Beat on November 8, 2018. The exhibit will celebrate both the New Orleans Tricentennial and International Drum Month, along with the development of the drum kit in New Orleans and the ongoing evolution of rich local drumming traditions.