My goal with these Drum Playalongs is to provide the jazz drummer with play along tracks and practice material that will be challenging, informative, fun, and musical.
The series contains important jazz tunes based on the standard jazz repertoire. While there is no written melody, there are a number of melodies that one can sing over the existing chord changes.
I have been giving similar recordings to students through the years and this is the result of the feedback about their wants and needs as players. It always seemed to make sense to me to practice in the context of a tune adhering to the form and melody.
These play along tunes provide you with a musical backdrop to hone your own skills. I certainly encourage you to explore your musical boundaries. These tunes give you a place to practice comping, soloing, trading fours and eights, choruses, working on your ride cymbal sound, etc. As you can see, your development is limited only by your imagination!
The tempos and feels vary. Each playalong volume is a basic replication of a real set of music. You can work on these in any given order.
These are also listed as "Drum Playalongs" in ITunes. Tribute to Max, Elvin, and Tony are the newest. They simulate a real environment. The tracks include drums and no drums with the trio playing the tune, minus the melody. It is great for auditions and musical practice.
The newest playalong here is Volume 24, Standards-Fours and Eights. This volumea play along track (without drums).