Max Roach has had a profound influence on my solo and compositional playing. This is dedicated to Max — the one-and-only! “Max Moon” uses a tom tom motif over a simple walking bass drum and hi-hat pattern. “Max Moon” can be heard on my drum breakbeat series, Vol.1 illy B Eats (AmuletRecords.com) or my Life On Drums DVD.
Repeat Ex. 1 as desired and proceed to Ex. 2, which is an improvised solo section. Keep both sections conversational and contrasting. This is a call-and-response–style composition.
Medeski Martin And Wood drummer BILLY MARTIN (aka illy B) has recorded more than 60 albums with Bob Moses, Iggy Pop, John Scofield, The Lounge Lizards, Dave Burrell, and many others. billymartin.net