Updated July 2019 – This post was originally posted in 2017. Two years later there’s a new version of The Philly Joe Jones Solo Book available with an additional 32 transcribed drum solos! I’ll list them at the bottom of this post.
The Philly Joe Jones Solo Book is well worth the $50 – $60 price tag. It was transcribed over the course of 10 years by Joerg Eckel, a student of John Riley’s.
There are over 320380 pages of Philly Joe Jones drum solo transcriptions in the book. Each one includes stickings and lists the album that each solo is on.
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
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.
Today I was thrilled to find a new interview video that is full of his wisdom and amazing playing. It’s a short film called Through Time by Matteo Sandrini and Mimmo Impiombato, created in 2017 when Marvin was touring Italy.
Bonus! Here’s a bit of raw footage from the gig at Small’s:
The first video I want to share is a one hour interview with Max Roach. It’s full of gold. He not only plays drums and piano, he also shares stories dating back to his days playing in parades as part of his church band.