There is no specific configuration required to play Jazz with your drums... You can play this musical style with Rock or Fusion drums. Nevertheless, most jazz drummers prefer small sizes. 16, 18 or 20 inches for the bass drum, 10 or 12 inches for the treble tom, 14 inches for the bass tom. Legend has it that the 18" bass drum was invented by a New York drummer who wanted to be able to transport his kit easily from one club to another, using yellow cabs... And that only the 18" bass drum would fit in the trunk! In short, a small 'jazette' in 20/12/14, it is today the ideal size to make your drumstick swing.

For the snare drum, there again, no real rule. It's all a matter of taste and feeling. However, the dimensions most commonly used for jazz are often 14 inches in diameter, with depths between 5 and 7 inches...

The nature of the drums follows the same logic. The ASBA metal drum kit seduced many jazz drummers when it was first released in the 70's, for its controlled power and responsiveness even in the most subtle plays... Vintage lovers will turn to mahogany kits to find the soul of the period sounds, the traditional essence par excellence of jazz kits.

The heads are often set quite tight, to let the drums and resonances sing, just like the bass drum which will be left empty, without a vent hole in the resonance head. The snare drum has a coated drumhead on the hitting side, to benefit from the grain of its surface when playing with brooms for example...

Did you know that?

Some great jazz drummers have played in the ASBA family... Among them : Elvin Jones, Daniel Humair, Al Tootie Heath...

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