Mephisto's Spree, Op. 84 (Paperback)
The "Shopping Spree" has been around the drumming community for decades. The name shopping spree most likely comes from the phrase "shopping for more notes". It is essentially an exercise for developing specific techniques and rudiments. This book is an attempt to leave a mark in the historical records so musicologists will know of the importance of this rudimental etude, and hopefully cause a rebirth of this classic. Dr. Jackson composed 30 Original shopping spree etudes for this work in addition to some bonus compositions from previous books from Jackson.
Dr. Gregory Jackson is a well-recognized percussionist, composer, educator, and author. He is a multi-faceted percussion specialist in many areas. Dr. Jackson has published several books sold worldwide including 30 Timpani Etudes Op. 56, Jackson's Rudiment Dictionary, The Synergy Method for Marimba, Etudes Op. 48, The Well Tempered Marimbist Op. 46, Legendary Op. 44, Congas Full Circle, Phenom: The Excellence of Execution, and the percussion method book The Synergy Method for Drumming Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. He also has several recordings, including his 3 CDs of his compositions, two instructional percussion DVDs titled Congas Decoded and Elements of Synergy. More than 2 dozen performances of Jackson's compositions occur each year around the world. Currently, he has completed his second symphony and has more than seventy completed works. Top authorities in percussion have proclaimed that Jackson's works are filling a void in the percussion community not often addressed. Dr. Jackson performs across the country on a regular basis performing his latest works and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Composition Committee. In the Percussive Arts Society International Collegiate Snare Competition, he placed in the top 10 four consecutive years and top 4 two years performing original solos. As an educator, he served as a consultant to three Drum Corps International Individuals Champions in 2004, 2005, and 2007 as well as the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Competition Collegiate Champion. Jackson proudly endorses Remo Inc., Pearl Percussion, and Pro-mark sticks and mallets.