The Ben Todd Quintet was formed in 2015. This project came to life through a gig I was asked to put together for C.O.M.A. (Creative Original Music Adelaide) as part of their regular Monday night concert series. At the time, I didn’t have any new material to present that I was really happy with, so I decided to write a set of music from scratch. This allowed me to write with specific musicians in mind for the band that I thought I could really showcase through the tunes, as well as document where I was at that time in my writing style. I wrote the tunes, we rehearsed, played the gig and it went great!
From that point on though, there weren’t many other opportunities for the band to play. I thought it would be a real shame to just let the music we played fade away, so I decided we should record an E.P. of sorts, more so to document the tunes than anything else. We recorded the E.P. at my home studio, it was mixed by Paul White (Keys) at his home studio, and mastered at Wizard Tone Studios. I was really happy with how it came out and like my other play-along packages, I thought it would be great if other drummers had the chance to play along with music that I think is really fun to play. So I asked Paul to make a mix without drums, I wrote out some drum charts, and here we are!
The drum charts included in this pack are what I would expect to see if I were to play these tunes without hearing any reference track. Having said that, I think it would be a great idea to take a listen to the original drum tracks to get an idea of what I think works best for the music. This package isn’t really designed to be a “step-by-step” educational tool, more just what I consider really fun music to play.
Included in this download are:
– Ben Todd Quintet pdf booklet
– Ben Todd Quintet backing tracks (without drums)
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