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Tony Williams' innovative drum style, in Miles Davis' jazz


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of Tony Williams' drum solo in Seven Steps to Heaven, from the album of the same title recorded by Miles Davis' quintet.


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Introduction to the drum lesson: Tony Williams drum solo

One of the greatest jazz drummers of all times, Tony Williams is mostly remembered for his work in Miles Davis' historical quintet, with Wayne Shorter on saxophones, Herbie Hancock on piano and Ron Carter on bass.
Born in Chicago in 1945, he began his collaboration with Miles Davis at 17, influencing Davis' musical choices with his mighty and innovative jazz drums style.
After leaving Davis' band, Tony Williams formed his own quintet, named V.S.O.P., with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet.
The transcription in the drum sheet is a classic in jazz drumming study: a Tony Williams' solo, taken from his first recording with Miles Davis, "Seven steps to heaven" (1963).

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This drum lesson dedicated to Tony Williams is a part of the published advanced drum lessons.
The advanced drum lessons are directed to the drummer who has some experience, who knows the percussion instruments, musical theory and basic drum techniques and wishes to improve his knowledge and his skills. In this part of the method for drums you'll find some exercises to improve the techniques you have learnt in the basic lessons, a deeper knowledge about different rhythms, and some studies about style and technique of some great drummers, from past and present times.
Reading the drum sheet music and the transcriptions in some of the following lessons requires a good knowledge of musical writing; even experienced drummers can find something new to learn in these pages.

Topics in the advanced drum lessons and in the online drum lessons' published drum sheet music are: Snare drum studies, Advanced drum beats and Drum solo transcriptions, with transcriptions of drum solos by Michael Bland, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Dave Weckl, Tony Williams.