Time Manipulation Drum Book Reviews
In Modern Drummer Magazine
Rick Mattingly, Modern Drummer, March 1995.
In Batteur Magazine
"Time Manipulation presents the principal elements - from the most elementary to the most advanced - necessary to construct a solid vocabulary for improvisation. But don't read this wrong. Time Manipulation is not a collection of licks to learn by heart and take out of their box at an opportune moment. No, it is somewhat like Gary Chester's book in its way of defining how to successfully play some combination or another; it only gives the basic recipe and leaves it up to the player to adapt it to his own personality"
The five main sections contain sixty-four 16-bar exercises. Each exercise is supposed to be played with many cymbal ostinatos. This approach ultimately covers over 6500 combinations, which says a lot...
One quite useful idea is that logs are provided on the last pages so that improvements can be checked, e.g. page X with ostinato Y, etc. I was most pleased with the quick results I got working on the exercises dealing with beat displacement (Section 4, page 51), and linear phrasing (page 80). And I had great fun trying to play the excellent metric and polymetric modulation patterns (examples 1|27, page 94). Take a glance. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
In Time Manipulation, Alain Rieder explains what he has been able to learn from people like Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro and Steve Houghton when he was at PIT. Add the thorough study of drummers styles, like those of Garibaldi, Gadd, Colaiuta, Weckl and Erskine, and you will have an idea of what this book actually means. But it is not enough to just copy and transcribe in order to produce a good method. And this is where it becomes obvious that Rieder has concocted an excellent educational book based on the playing of innovative drummers. But, as I said before, the book is not a collection of these drummers' licks. That is where the author's art is essential.
I might just add that Time Manipulation has been recommended by Dave Weckl and Peter Erskine...
Alain Gozzo, Batteur Magazine, January 1994.