Detailed transcriptions of jazz drummers will be posted weekly on this blog

In 1976, at the age of 16, I began drum lessons. By the 1980s I had developed the habit of spending a couple hours each day transcribing my favorite jazz drummers.

While most drum transcriptions are of solos, what I really wanted to do was to unlock the mysteries of the improvised timekeeping of the most advanced of jazz drummers, in particular, Roy Haynes and Paul Motian.

Over the decade, I ended up transcribing many long scores of full-length performances of the latter, with an an obsessive attention to detail and accuracy.

Now, I would like to make these available to others, for free, on this blog.

For starters, I’ve posted Roy Haynes’ complete performance of “Windows,” recorded on Chick Corea’s “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs,” sessions, Paul Motian’s complete performance of “Margot,” recorded on Keith Jarrett’s “Life Between The Exit Signs,” and others by Billy Hart, Philly Joe Jones, and Tony Williams. Beginning in February, once a week, on Saturdays, I will post others, until have they all are finally public.

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