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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing; Pap/Com edition (27 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089898890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898988901
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 24.1 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 book—it 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.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2001
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John Rileys book gave me the foundation I needed to play be bop. The content is more than it appears. Just reading the book gives you a vast history of the players and the requirements that are needed for todays environment. I found this book inspiring and is a must for all players no matter what style. If you're a drum n bass, or a jazz dude, check it out it'll do wonders. I also highly recommend the Beyond Bop drumming book also by John Riley, this is a killer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Curtis on 18 July 2011
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John Riley, as his DVD suggests, is a Master Drummer. His work with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is Grammy award winning, and his university tenure, experience and back catelogue make him an absolute authority on the subject covered in this book.

The book itself is succinct in its presentation, informative, and endlessly mature, providing recommendations for practice methods, essential listening, and a wealth of exercises. The accompanying CD comes with demonstrations and some backing tracks of varying difficulty and styles, from a lazy swing, through a 3/4 waltz, a latin romp, and a 300bpm uptempo blaze.

There's little more to say that would not be repeating what the other reviews have already covered. If you are looking to step into the world of jazz drumming, proper jazz drumming, this book is certainly for you. It comes from a highly recommended source (Mr. Riley himself), is refreshingly mature, and the exercises of increasing complexity will not only embellish and revitalise your playing, but provide you with endless hours of practice material.

Finally, as if it's not good enough already, this book has a follow up called Beyond Bop Drumming, which is also worthy of 5 stars. This means that if you exhaust this book, the sequel is ready to take over.

Highly, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Wenzel on 29 Sept. 2009
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This book is perfect for anyone at any age who is either just mildly interested anywhere up to highly passionate about jazz music and drumming. Explanations are clear and thorough and plenty of exercises to work through and expand on. My favorite is the section on form and soloing. Also useful is the recommended listening and reading.
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I bought this book after getting through Ed Soph's "Musical Time", and it is probably the most complete book around on authentic jazz drumming. The focus early on is on developing and maintaining a reliable, full-swinging ride cymbal and solid time-keeping with both feet, before aquiring the heightened co-ordination needed to play freely with the left hand. As a spare-time drummer, the four pages of comping excercises alone have kept me pretty occupied over the last few years, but there is so much more, including snare & bass drum comping, soloing, brushes, latin rhythms, reading, and advice on practice and performance, along with quotes from some of the great jazz drummers of the 50's and 60's. There is also a CD, which includes masterful demonstrations of all the excercises, as well as some tricky play-along tracks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Davy on 11 May 2010
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For comping, solo ideas, brush patterns and basic co-ordination and independence, this book will bring so many ideas to your pallet. definitely a must have for all drummers out there.
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For me this was a brilliant buy. I'm always looking at ways to improve and expand as a drummer, and learning different styles is one way i like to do that. So i was recommend this by a friend when he heard i wanted to try and develop my Jazz technique...and i'm so glad he did! Very helpful book. It takes you through the stages step by step, making it very easy to understand and so very easy to improve at your own pace. Would definitely recommend to anyone into Jazz drumming, beginner through to advanced
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I bought this for my son, who is in his final year of a BA in professional musicianship- drums/percussion. It had been recommended to him by one of his tutors- a professional drummer/percussionist. My son has only been using it for a few weeks, but says it has great jazz pieces and ideas to play around with for backing and solos. I can't say much more than that, but thought the fact that a professional had recommended it, would help prospective buyers.
Delivery was excellent too.
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I'm not a jazz drummer probably never will be but after working from this book for a few months I can hold my own at a jazz jam and teach to a fairly high standard.
The book is laid out in a logical way and will get you swinging in no time. Once you start taking each of the exercises and applying them to brushes or keeping a roll going while accenting the notated exercises you can really expand your jazz knowledge. Great book
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