The Musical Drummer features Louie Bellson at his best—leading an all-star quintet through seven compositions that illustrate a variety of styles and techniques. Clearly and simply, he isolates and analyzes his part in tunes that demonstrate swing, samba, shuffle, bossa nova and jazz/rock beats. Bellson also covers brush and double-bass drum technique. Highlights include two classic solos in the Bellson tradition. Featuring plenty of performance, this DVD is entertaining, as well as instructional.