8 nov. 2006

Max Roach I think was the first drummer who phrased in a solo like a horn player would. The "melodic" element of his solos is well known. That is, he used the pitches of various drums to suggest the melody of the song, rather than soloing rhythmically without reference to what song he was playing. But since the melodic possibilities of the traps are limited, I think the more important factor is the way he constructed those almost singable rhythmic phrases out of that very poor melodic material.

Not only was he the first, but I don't think he's really been matched by any drummer since--as a pure soloist, and in this particular aspect: an improvisation that fits the structure of the song rather than a "drum solo."

3 comentarios:

Tony dijo...

You have a point about the diphthong. I was just thinking about the main vowels.

But yeah, "rey," "seis," etc.

T

John dijo...

I saw a word for Dannie Richmond as melodic drum soloist. His solo on "Original Folk Forms Number One" on "Mingus Presents Mingus" -- glorious.

Larry Sawyer dijo...

Jack DeJohnette and Elvin Jones are there as well...