For as long as I can remember, Ed Blackwell has been on my short list of favorite drummers. I was first introduced to him by a teacher and mentor of mine, Phil Hey, who studied with Ed and later played with Dewey Redman.
When I was studying with Phil he had me to get two albums that Ed Blackwell plays on:
I think both albums are essential and they hold a special place in my collection.
I’ve always liked the first drum break on Sounds of Joy and have had it written out in my notebook for a few years. I love the simplicity of Blackwell’s phrasing.
As an exercise to learn how to use MuseScore, the free music notation software, I decided to get it into the computer. Let me know what you think.
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