Hammocks and Baseball Bats

Dave Miele, Philly Joe Jones

A detailed documentation and analysis of Philly Joe Jones on Miles Davis album Milestones.

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Hammocks and Baseball Bats, by Dave Miele, delivers a detailed documentation and analysis of the playing of one of the giants of the drum set, Philly Joe Jones, on one of the seminal albums in jazz. Author Dave Miele delivers an insightful and detailed, yet accessible discussion of Philly Joe’s performance on the classic Miles Davis album Milestones.

The book begins with an analysis of Philly Joe’s timekeeping and soloing concepts. In just a few pages, the author presents a streamlined look at the foundational ideas deployed by Philly Joe. These ideas can be practiced and studied to be used in many variations and in different parts of the measure, just as Jones used them.

The core of the book is comprised of insightful text analysis and note-for-note transcriptions of the drum performances on every song from Milestones. This documentation of Philly Joe, one of the giants of the drum set, belongs in the collection of every serious student of jazz drumming.

“Philly Joe Jones’ playing on Miles Davis’ “Milestones” is the epitome of the hard bop era. Dave Miele’s transcriptions and analysis greatly contribute to our understanding of Joe’s supportive comping and amazing soloing. “

– John Riley

eBook | 61 pages


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