Using very simple patterns in the hands, this solo for four-piece drumset puts most of the interesting rhythms in the feet, especially the hi-hat foot. One particular rhythmic theme (on the hi-hat in measures 5–8) is used in three different ways, including a retrograde version at the end. Avoid being intimidated by the dense-looking notation; most of the ideas are easier on the kit than they look on the page!
Matthew Richmond teaches percussion and composition at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He performs frequently with the Asheville Symphony and his original jazz group, Like Mind Trio.
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