June 1st, 2012

Milestones - Philly Joe Jones

With it's mix of post-bop codas and early modal explorations "Milestones" has to be one of the truly great Miles Davis albums. It is worth studying in detail not least because the sextet featured legends John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley and had the equally great Philly Joe Jones on drums. The title track "Milestones" was originally just called "Miles" and what is unusual and interesting from a jazz drummers perspective is that Philly Joe just holds a groove the whole way through with a rim click on beat 4. Especially for drummers like myself, who love the creativity of comping behind a soloist, this requires great discipline, but it swings and grooves so hard. It's a great way to get your medium-up groove together. Just sit back and enjoy playing along with some amazing solos. Oh and keep counting through the B section!!

Philly Joe Jones

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Filed Under : Jazz Drumming: Comping | Philly Jo Jones


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