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52 Licks, Week 47: Eric Harland Muted Snare Phrase

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Week 47 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase for each week.

Another great solo out of the “Magnificent 7” book! Eric Harland plays so many great phrases in this cut, but i singled one out that had some Harland-esque qualities.

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52 Licks, Week 46: Inverted Swiss Army Fill

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Week 46 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase for each week.

This phrase is a rudiment-based phrase I like to use on shuffles and other medium tempos. Pretty simple, and easy to drop in.

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52 Licks, Week 45: Eric Harland Triplet Phrase

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Week 45 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

This week we look at Eric Harland’s triplet phrase from McCoy Tyner’s “Back Bay Blues” off of “Land of Giants.” It’s based on the 6 stroke roll and has some cool possibilities once you break down each piece.

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52 Licks, Week 44: Brian Blade Bebop Lick

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Week 44 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

As I started work on the next solo out of “the Magnificent 7” book by Dusan Milenkovic, I found a 3 bar phrase from Brian Blade that features some stock bebop language, mixed with some orginal Brian Blade language.

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52 Licks, Week 43: Jason Marsalis Brush Lick

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52 Licks, Week 42: Brian Blade 4 Bar Phrase

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Week 42 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

This is a 4 bar phrase from a YouTube clip of Blade playing “I Mean You.” It comes from the Magnificent 7 book again, and is just one of many tasteful phrases he plays on this cut.

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52 Licks, Week 41: Bill Stewart Time Solo Phrase

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Week 41 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

Here’s another great solo phrase from Bill Stewart, out of “the Magnificent 7.”

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52 Licks, Week 40: Bill Stewart Odd Time Phrase

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Week 40 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

This comes from Bill Stewart’s solo album, “Snide Remarks,” off the tune “Fred And Ginger.”

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52 Licks, Week 39: Antonio Sanchez Triplet Phrase

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Week 39 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

Digging back into “The Magnificent 7,” we find another Antonio Sanchez solo, this time from a gig with Chick Corea’s trio on a tune called “Dr. Joe.”

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52 Licks, Week 38: Antonio Sanchez Lick

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in 52 Licks | 2 comments

Week 38 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

This week starts a new chapter in this series. I’m going to try and go more in-depth with each lick, so the videos will be a little longer and more involved, so for those of you that just want the lick, I’ll try and show it early. For those of you that want to dig a little deeper, hang out!

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52 Licks, Week 37: “Confirmation” Lick

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 37 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

This week features another phrase from a non-drumming source: Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation.” This lick came up in a discussion with saxophonist Tim Armacost, and how this is a common drum lick that he likes to use. Tim is a BAD dude, and he is incredibly rhythmic and swingin. So much fun to play with as a drummer.

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52 Licks, Week 36: Billy Higgins Lick

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Week 36 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

This week’s phrase comes to us via Billy Higgins. I’ve never heard this guy play a bad note. One of those guys that just always sounds RIGHT. Love it. This is a lick he plays frequently and I’ve heard others use as well. Lots of variations and flexibility.

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52 Licks, Week 35: Dannie Richmond Lick

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Week 35 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

We focused on an underrated drummer a few weeks ago, in Sonny Payne. Well, here’s another: Dannie Richmond. Dannie was Charles Mingus’s drummer for years, but I bet it takes 30 jazz drummers to be named before his name pops up. And that’s a shame because he can FLAT OUT PLAY. And all those great Mingus records are driven by him.

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52 Licks, Week 34: Philly Joe Inverted Double Lick

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in 52 Licks, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Week 34 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

I wanted to hit some more Philly Joe this week, and ran across a “jazz rudiment” (i.e. a rudiment that works well in jazz) that he loves. He uses it in several ways and I try to show you some of them.

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52 Licks, Week 33: Sonny Payne Lick

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 33 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

Over the next few weeks, I’m gonna turn the spotlight on a few drummers who – in my opinion – deserve much more attention than they get for being great jazz drummers.

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52 Licks, Week 32: Miles Davis Lick

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Week 32 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week.

Yes, you read that title correctly: This is a jazz drumming staple brought to us by Miles Davis.

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52 Licks, week 31: Elvin Jones 9 Phrase

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52 Licks, Week 30: Elvin Jones Brush Lick

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52 Licks, Week 29: Steve Gadd Brush Lick

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52 Licks, Week 28: Vernel Fournier Brush Lick

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