J. R. Curtis

Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (65 of 85)
Location: Nottinghamshire, England


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For Musicians Only ~ Stan Getz
For Musicians Only ~ Stan Getz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Bebop, 19 Jan 2012
For Musicians Only is the epitome of the bebop movement. Gillespie, Stitt and Getz are on top form. The rhythm section of Ray Brown on the double bass and the outstanding Stan Levy on drums create a driving, solid feel throughout, while John Lewis's piano playing, and some haunting guitar (especially on Dark Eyes) from Herb Ellis complete a truly unforgettable album.

The album is a "one take" album, meaning that the musicians arrived at the studio and pressed record. Levy described it as "seat of your pants stuff - step up to the bandstand or go home", and the energy, verging on ferocity of the tracks, especially the truly blazing "Bebop" reflect this. The atmosphere, pace and… Read more
Tom Hapke: 66 Drumsolos for the Modern Drummer by Tom Hapke
2.0 out of 5 stars A weak collection, 18 July 2011
Out of the advertised 66, one of the solos in this book is worth exploring. Unfortunately, that happens to be the final one in the book, so anybody working through this in order will probably be too bored to make it that far.

The pros of this book are worth mentioning. It is very beginner friendly, with the clear notation even colour coded. This will surely help with reading. The "solos" are actually transcribed grooves, usually a page or two in length, interlaced with some nice embellishments and fills. For a learner, they will certainly provide some inspiration, and the progressive difficulty will mean that something is generally being learnt on each page.

However,… Read more
Advanced Concepts: A Comprehensive Method for Deve&hellip by Kim Plainfield
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem, 18 July 2011
I am surprised that this book has not received reviews already. This is indeed a book of advanced concepts, and each chapter provides an enormous amount to be getting on with. Each of the said chapters deals with a specific concept; on this, it is worth providing an example.

The Baiao section demonstrates the basic foot ostinato. We are then invited to refer to the accompanying chart which is filled with one-voice rhythms. By keeping a steady single stroke roll on the snare, over the foot ostinato, we are to accent the strokes that fall on the notes on the chart. We can then double the interim notes, play them as triplets, etc.

Following this, we are shown numerous… Read more

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