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11 essential jazz drummers you should listen to | jazz drumming inspiration | on Jazz drumming

11 Essential Jazz Drummers You Should Check Out

When you are starting out with jazz drumming one of the most important things you need to do is listen a lot. In fact this is true whether you are a beginner or not. In order to understand the rhythms, the feeling, the swing, you have to listen widely and historically. Time spent listening to the music and what the drummers do, is as valuable as practicing, and not listening enough was a mistake I certainly made when I was starting out. In fact, I still need to listen more which is part of the reason I wrote this post.

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Two Ways To Listen

In Roy Peter Clark’s “Writing Tools” he mentions that as a writer there are two types of reading: reading for content and reading for analysis. By reading for content he means just the usual type of reading to learn about something or just for enjoyment, by reading with X-Ray vision, as he calls it, you read to understand the what the writer is doing and how. Of course, these two levels of reading for writers are applicable as two levels of listening for musicians...

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what jazz records should I listen to? - on jazz drumming

What Jazz Records Should I Listen To?

Of course there are tonnes and tonnes of great jazz recordings out there, so many that it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start. Here are six records from the classic year 1959, to get you started.

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