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On The Beaten Path: Jazz - The Drummer's Guide to the Genre and the Legends Who Defined It
by Rich Lackowski and John O'Reilly Jr.
Learn from Jazz Greats
The initial volume in this series "On The Beaten Path:The Drummer's Guide to Musical Styles and the Legends Who Defined Them," featured the top three drummers in each of the nine most popular musical genres. As large as the book was, at over 240 pages, it was still impossible not to leave out many of the popular drummers in each genre. However, the fact that it was voted the number 1 educational book in Modern Drummer's reader's poll and number 1 in DRUM! Magazine's reader's poll certainly sent a signal to the author that he was on the right track!
Author Lackowski followed up the first volume with a book called "On The Beaten Path: Progressive Rock - The Drummers' Guide to the Genre and the Legends Who Defined It," which wisely concentrated on a single genre to allow the coverage of a full dozen of the top Progressive Rock drummers in great detail.
In this volume, "On The Beaten Path: Jazz - The Drummers' Guide to the Genre and the Legends Who Defined It," author Rich Lackowski teams up with John O'Reilly Jr. to share the definitive grooves and licks of the top dozen drummers from the Jazz genre.
The featured dozen are Art Blakey, Jack DeJonette, Jeff Hamilton, Elvin Jones, "Papa" Jo Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Gene Krupa, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Bill Stewart, and Tony Williams.
The book is laid out in twelve main chapters, each of which is dedicated to one drummer. Included are photos, biographical information, text/diagram of gear setups, and transcripts of three trademark grooves or solos of each artist. Author Rick Lackowski ranks each of these patterns for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level players and breaks them down into easily digestible segments. And, for those who can't read the music notation, an audio CD is included containing a demonstration of each pattern in the book.
In addition to the main chapters there are additional ones covering Music Notation, The Legends of Jazz Drumming (brief history of jazzl drumming including a timeline), a discography of other jazz drummers and recordings you should know, and the author's own experience following The Path.
Bottom Line: On the Beaten Path: Jazz Book/CD
Regardless of experience level or musical style, or whether you love or hate jazzl music, your bag of tricks will benefit greatly from taking a trip "On The Beaten Path: Jazzl - The Drummer's Guide to the Genre and the Legends Who Defined It."
While $19.95 is a solid value for a 112 page book and audio CD, you can get it for even less online. Just click the following link:
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