Alan Dawson was a legendary drummer and educator, known for his work with the top artists in jazz as well as for his 18-year association with Berklee College of Music. This drum text and CD combination was put together by John Ramsay, a prominent drummer in his own right and a former student of Dawson's. The drums book contains all the important techniques and concepts that Alan Dawson embraced in his own playing and subsequently taught to his students. The two CDs include some remastered audio examples from actual drum lessons taught by Dawson himself over the years. This is a highly comprehensive drumming textbook from a jazz master.