The definitive book on bop drumming.
Drummer and educator, John Riley, has worked with jazz greats Stan Getz, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Red Rodney, Milt Jackson, The Vanguard Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Dave Liebman, Gary Peacock, and John Abercrombie. His book, The Art of Bop Drumming, focuses on the essential skills needed by jazz drumming students and professionals. Chapters include: Time Playing, Comping, Soloing, Brushes, More Jazz Essentials, and Charts. Also included is a 72 minute CD with playing demonstrations and play-along tunes featuring James Genus (bass), Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone), and Phil Markowitz (piano).
Peter Erskine: John Riley has written the definitive book on bop drumming. Since bop drumming is both the turning point and the cornerstone of contemporary music's development, it is essential to any student of the instrument that he or she read and work from this book.
Arthur Taylor: Finally a book that deals with the essential elements of this great art form. John mixes it all together with text, music, and quotes from my peers in a respectful way that will illuminate both students and professionals alike.
Adam Nussbaum: The Art of Bop Drumming has concise exercises and ideas to help you understand what to play, how to play it and most importantly, why. This book really deals with connecting the information with the music.
Gary Chaffee: Just reading through the words is an education in itself, and there are plenty of performance examples to help you develop the necessary musical skills. I highly recommend this bookit will definitely become a classic.
David Liebman: With well-chosen comments by master drummers and Riley's clear explanations of how the drummer functions in a group, The Art of Bop Drumming is a step above the usual and should be read, and heard, by all instrumentalists.