Echoing the designs of old Ks, they are far from subdued - being suffused with a spiky, almost seething tonality with woody silvery stick response and controlled wash.
Lewis's cymbal work was considered unique among many musicians. Of his style, drummer Buddy Rich had remarked: "Mel Lewis doesn't sound like anybody else. He sounds like himself."
Aggressively hammered Syncopation Series with trashy but yet warm wash and cutting sound feature defined stick providing clear pattern articulation.