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Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer

David A. Orthmann By

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It's not particularly difficult to envision ways in which Uncharted can serve as a useful tool for a variety of interested parties. Scholars in the field of ethnomusicology or jazz studies are likely to absorb this groundbreaking study of Western kit drummer creativity and incorporate it as a basis for further research. Drummers will appreciate the book for a number of reasons. It's proof positive that popular music and jazz drumming are serious endeavors, as worthy of scrutiny as other performing art; it explains why drummer creativity can be cultivated in a wide range of performance situations; and Bruford's tome serves as a point of entry into the complexities of the interactions between drummer performance and the drum culture. Lastly, the layperson may find him/herself recalling some of Bruford's formulations while watching and listening to a drummer (say, in the intimate surroundings of a club), and in doing so serendipitously experiencing both the music and answers to long held questions regarding what drummers do and why they do it.
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