Elvin Jones – Night Dreamer (Drum Transcription)

Here’s a transcription of the intro and the head of Night Dreamer by Wayne Shorter, with Elvin Jones on drums. The tune is a medium jazz waltz tempo with a heavy groove and modal harmony, this is a good exercise to work on 3/4 stuff like coordination, independence, linear phrasing, and rudiments.


I suggest to work on foot coordination focusing on bass drum, hi-hat and ride cymbal and after adding the snare; at the beginning you can play the hi-hat on 2 and 3 (bass drum on dotted quarter notes) and play some variations on snare… after try to play the hi-hat on the upbeat on 1 and downbeat of 3 and comping with the left hand. In this tune, Elvin alternates both hi-hat variations, have fun and remember to swing the 8th notes.



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