He occupied the same position of studio prominence on the east coast recording scene that Hal Blaine did on the west, and had the musical abilities and creative spirit to roll with all the changes in popular music flow that happened during his lifetime. Beginning with doo-wop and rhythm and blues recordings, Chester also showed a great knack for folk rock, eventually collaborating with artists such as Country Joe McDonald and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.
In the meantime he played on literally hundreds of records and claimed to have logged some 15,000 studio sessions over three decades. Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" is another one of Chester's great drum parts, although sophisticated jazz drummers often mention his work with Warwick as some kind of watermark of great pop drumming.
Several musical scholars who have devoted their lifetimes to the work of studio drummers have advocated the renaming of the "oldies" radio station format to "Gary Chester radio."
Chester's instruction books are entitled New Breed and New Breed II and are published by Modern Drummer.
Gary Chester was one of the busiest studio drummers of the '60s and '70s and played on hundreds of hit records. His systems have been used and endorsed by drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Danny Gottlieb, and Dave Weckl. This is not just another drum book, but rather a system that will help you develop the skills needed to master today's studio requirements. By working with this book, you'll improve your reading, concentraton, coordination, right and left-hand lead, and awareness of the click.
The greatest book for developing your four limb independance and improvisational skills.This is a useful and challenging book for players of all skill levels.Gary Chester is the master of drum education and he has taught drummers such as Kenny Aronoff and Dave Weckl.This book is a must read for any drummer that has professional aspirations.