DRUMMING CONCEPTS & EXERCISES
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On July 26, 1955, The Count Basie Orchestra documented a historic performance of "April in Paris" (Verve Records; MG V-8012 Master 235 Take #1).
29 year old Sonny Payne is the incredibly swinging drummer on that recording.
This is a transcription of Sonny's drumming on that date.
Like most big band drummers of this period, Sonny played the bass drum lightly on all four beats (feathering) when the bass played walked, and played the hi hat on 2 & 4 (with the foot). For this transcription, I only notated the bass drum when I could hear a variation or accent (with the exception being when I notated the basic role the bass drum and hi hat; the start of line 3 and line 7, for example).
Nick Scheuble, 2018