Gene Pritsker - Drummer Dances for Clarinet Quartet. Drummer Dances is based primarily on rhythms from two famous drum solos. The first 30 bars take the rhythms from Max Roach's solo in 'Delilah Dances', as recorded on the Clifford Brown and Max Roach album. The music develops further using the four bar drum breaks from the same composition. Elvin Jones' drum solo 'Monks Dream' is the other rhythmical source material in this piece. I use 32 bars of this solo in a more linear development. Two distinct melodies are heard throughout this piece, they appear in different variations within the various rhythms the two drum solos provide.


  • E-flat Clarinet
  • 2 Clarinets
  • Bass Clarinet