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Hi John, I was playing in Summit last night and there was someone watching us who looked enough like you to make me wonder. I know you are from the area so anything's possible. Anyway, hope all is well, Bud Ayres
by William AyresJune 25, 2021 10:24 AM
Dear Mr. Riley, on YouTube you brought to my attention the "20 A Take Five Reissue Ride Cymbal", which you presented in comparison to the original by Dave Brubeck. Unfortunately, this cymbal is not available in Germany. My attempt at the Memphis Drum Shop ended with the message: Sorry, no quotes are available for this order at this time. Could you possibly help me with a source of supply or address? In any case, I wish you continued success for your wonderful playing and your excellent tips. Kind regards! Peter Castera
by Peter CasteraJune 9, 2021 9:21 AM
Watched your session with Jim Payne. Good stuff. Will have to watch it again. What is the second book you are working through? Oh, and watched the Master Class from the 2011 Modern Drummer dvd. Took me a minute to grasp what you were talking about. Challenging!! Is related in some way to David Stanoch’s “Tables of Time.”
by Ken TaylorMay 29, 2021 7:46 AM
John, I use to have the Rudimental Jazz book and didn't have the CD. I bought a new one and on the CD it plays 4 measures without the repeat and then 4 measures of time. Should it be played 4 measures, repeat, then 4 measures of time? Thanks!!!! Glenn D.
by Glenn DiecedueMay 3, 2021 3:17 PM
Hi John! Please Share where I can acquire the book on Philly Jo Jones.
by Greg CaputoSeptember 21, 2020 7:01 PM
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