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Back Beats and Rim Shots

I would like to recommend a particularly interesting book for drummers and percussionists. It’s called ‘Back Beats and Rim Shots’ and it’s the Johnny Blowers story written by Warren Vaché. It’s one of the studies in jazz, No. 25 in fact, published by The Scarecrow Press of London and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University of New Jersey. It’s particularly interesting to read Jonhny Blowers life story as he started out in the Swing Era, playing with big and small bands and travelling constantly throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. Later on in his career he became a very respected session musician in New York. Also, became very adept at playing the mallet instruments, vibraphone, xylophone and timpani and so, over a period of time, became a very ‘in demand’ studio player.

Then, in his later career he became a highly respected teacher. This kind of book offers many invaluable lessons to the young bourgeoning talents of today, because it really tells you exactly how a career is formed and how it is best pursued, so I would heartily recommend this book to all of our younger readers and for others amongst us, it is a very interesting historical document of what the Industry was like back in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.

One word of warning with this book is that it is extremely expensive for its size.

It is published by the Scarecrow Press

ISBN number is 0-8108-3162-7


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