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Hello John: I just read the sad news about Joe Morello's passing. The article you wrote on Joe in Modern Drummr several years back I still have in my library, it was superb. In January 1963 I attended the Dave Bruebeck Quartet's first Montreal performance. Joe's playing was marvellous and following the show my sax freind Peter Darlington and I went around back stage and helped the group load up their van. We took Joe down the street to hail a cab back to the Mount Royal Hotel. He was a great man, very warm and engaging. I was fortunate to see Joe again several times in Montreal with the Dave Bruebeck Quartet and with his own quartet. Joe, Paul, Eugene and Dave all signed my program back stage in January 1963 which I still have in my music library today. I have been a hobby drummer for over 50 years having sudied in Montreal years ago with one of Henry Adler's Montreal students, Guy Parent. John, would you if time permits please pass on my sincerest sympathy to Joe's family. Thank you for taking the time to read through my message. Peter
by Peter Clark (Pointe Claire Quebec Canada)March 20, 2011 9:01 PM
John, I heard you play on a tune BGO played last night. It was a slow bluesy 9/4, I don't know the name of it but it sounded great. Were you playing the swish referred to on your instruments page on that recording? If not what was the china sounding cymbal? I loved the sound of that cymbal. I'm also looking for a 22" ride ala old K's any suggestions? I'll look into the ride your using. Thanks for your info!
by Sam Allen (Bayside, New York)March 12, 2011 6:05 PM
Dear Mr Riley I've bought the italian version of The Art Of Bop Drumming: I've been so impressed that I've immediately ordered the others books through amazon. On your fantastic DVD you're using a snare with a kind of additional rim/pad on top. Is this a practice pad that can be applied to all snare? how to get so one? Last but not least, do you plans to have concert or clinics in Switzerland or Italy? Many thanks for your generous tipps! Gianni
by Gianni Masotti (Switzerland)February 26, 2011 1:51 PM
Hello John, When you transcribe solos or get ideas from recordings how do you determine the stickings that they used. You are very specific about stickings in your DVD chapter on creativity. Do you assume sticlings from experience? Thanks.
by SteveB (North Jersey)February 22, 2011 8:41 PM
hello, I was reading your introduction in joe morello's master studies 2 and reading about your experiences with morello and you mentioned that joe gave you excersises from stick control and precise tempos in which to practice them and i was wondering whether you can remember what the exercises were and the tempos were and if there is any other vital information I should be considering when practicing these exercises, I own your book "bop drumming" and I appreciate every bit of help and information in it and I'd like to say from one drummer to another drummer, that your work has influenced me very greatly and I appreciate all the help and dedication you have for helping the drumming community, one more thing i have to ask, what was it like playing with miles?
by Cody Thornton (norfolk, virginia)February 17, 2011 11:29 AM
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