About the book

The book consists of 15 transcribed drum solos as played by Max Roach in the period 1954 – 1957.
The book is now available to order !

Here’s the list of the pieces included in the book that features a solo by Roach.

Blues Walk (Clifford Brown & Max Roach)
Blues Waltz (Jazz in 3/4 Time)
Flossie Lou (Basin Street)
Flossie Lou (Brownie: The Complete EmArcy Recordings)
Flossie Lou (Basin Street, alt. take)
Gertrude’s Bounce (Basin Street)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Brown & Roach Incorporated)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Brownie: The Complete EmArcy Recordings, alt. take)
I’ll Remember April (Basin Street, alt. take 3)
Just One Of Those Things (The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Session)
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Basin Street)
Parisian Thoroughfare (Clifford Brown & Max Roach)
Sweet Clifford (Brown & Roach Incorporated)
The Scene Is Clean (Basin Street)
Valse Hot (Jazz in 3/4 Time)

The transcriber

Daniel Harding Israelsen is a London-based drummer teaching and performing in the UK. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama obtaining a 1st class BMus (Jazz) degree in 2013 and earned an MMus degree in Jazz Performance/Composition/Arranging from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2014.
He is regularly hired on a freelance basis to correct and transcribe jazz solos for drummers around the globe.

You can visit his website to find out more about his work, and check his NEW personal drum book “The Sound of Jazz Drumming – creativity and development in melodic phrasing” on www.daniel-harding.com


“Max’s soloing is pure language of Bebop and to have these transcriptions is a joy and a wonderful study tool for any serious students of the history of jazz drumming.”

– Ralph Salmins (Performed/recorded with BBC Big Band, Chaka Kahn, Wynton Marsalis, Guy Barker, Van Morrison, Quincy Jones, James Brown, Bjork, Robbie Williams, et al.)


“Daniel Israelsen’s transcription book on Max Roach is a must have for every Drummer. Great notation combined with great stickings gives you a tool not to miss as a student of being the next Drummer in demand!”

– Anders Mogensen (Tim Berne, Jerry Bergonzi, Marc Johnson, Steve Swallow, Bob Berg, Michael Formanek, et al., associate Professor at Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense, Denmark)

“Max often played single strokes rather than single rebounds, which this book rightly show amongst other important stylistic details. It is an important book into the studying of Max Roach’ soloing”

– Trevor Tomkins (Gilgamesh, Ian Carr, Michael Garrick, Don Rendell and Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama)


These note for note transcriptions of 15 drum solos by Bebop pioneer Max Roach give a fascinating insight into the work of one of Jazz’s major influences.”

– Michael Skinner (Benny Goodman, Frank Zappa, freelance percussionist with major orchestras around UK, Professor at Royal College of Music, London)

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