Pages Navigation Menu

“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 4: Phrasing Around Figures

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

Once you’ve worked through some various rhythmic patterns, the next step is to phrase “around” figures that are written into the songs (a common trait of ECM and Modern tunes).

Read More

Jazz Ballads: Double Time (“Feel”)

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

When does a ballad go to double time? How does our approach change? All that and more on the final episode of Jazz Ballads, Season One…

Read More

“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 3: Creating Flow

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

This next step is crucial. To be able to speak – or “flow” – over the cymbal ostinatos while playing phrases is how this turns into the improvisatory music we hear on these great records.

Read More

Jazz Ballads: Walking Ballad

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

Notice I didn’t use quotes around Walking. That’s because real people actually use this term…

Read More

“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 2: Cymbal Ostinatos

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

One of the greatest mysteries of these kinds of feels is the struggle to find some “go-to” patterns or grooves. It almost sounds like their aren’t any. Well, good news: there are.

Read More

Jazz Ballads: The “Slow Dance” Ballad

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

This is the most common type of jazz ballad. When in doubt, this is a good bet to work on most ballads.

Read More

“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 1 – Intro to ECM

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

ECM. Modern. Straight 8th. Latin-ish. Composers and leaders use all these titles to describe a similar feel. One that can seem elusive to us. So let’s go back to the one of the main hubs in terms of the origins of this groove.

Read More

Jazz Ballads: The “Concert” Ballad

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

This is a long one, but I get into several ballad strokes and ways to add color and texture without losing the pulse.

Read More

Jazz Ballads: Intro – 3 Common Types

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Grooves | 0 comments

I’m embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out ballads. I was so into fast, energetic stuff. Once I really dug into them, I was amazed at all the stuff I discovered.

Read More

Rhumba, Part 2

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

Here are some variations of the Rhumba that are applicable to drum set and allow us more flexibility with this groove in jazz settings.

Read More

Rhumba, Part 1

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Grooves | 2 comments

Joe asked me to break down this groove by Art Taylor.

Read More

Broken Feel (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Grooves | 5 comments

Nothing like spending years learning how to keep a steady beat on the ride cymbal, only to have the bandleader ask us NOT to…

Read More

Philly Joe vs. Tony: Style Analysis (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

Will writes, “I worked on some uptempo Tony Williams stuff…but the Philly Joe uptempo is kind of a different vibe entirely. I’m not sure how to pinpoint the differences.”

Read More

Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 14: Songo

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Grooves | 0 comments

Mark Lesson as Viewed This content is for members...

Read More

Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 12: Mambo

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

Chris Burroughs is back from the road and is teaching us all about Mambo this week. He breaks down the authentic Mambo patterns in each limb, then shows us how to create a more fluid, flexible drum set version.

Read More

Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 11: Plena (from Puerto Rico)

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

My favorite groove from the tour in Martinique with Puerto Rican saxophonist Shekinah Rodz was a groove from her homeland called the Plena.

Read More

Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 10: Grooves from Puerto Rico

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

In a stroke of good timing for what we’re working on, I’m touring with a saxophonist/percussionist from Puerto Rico in Martinique this week, so I’ve been working on some cool Afro-Cuban-based rhythms, and consequently having lots of conversations about how all these rhythms are mixed together.

Read More

Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 9: A Trick to Hearing Which Clave.

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

At first I said, “Ok great. Now I can clap all these rhythms. But when someone just starts a song, I have NO idea what clave it’s in…” Well, after awhile I found a little shortcut.

Read More

Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 8: Odd Time Clave

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Grooves | 3 comments

Now that we’ve been learning the “who, what, when, why, and how” of clave, let’s look at the “huh?” of clave…in odd-time signatures.

Read More

Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 7: Calypso

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Grooves | 2 comments

This is a groove that is based in Afro-Cuban rhythms, but with a Caribbean spin. You hear this groove down in the Caribbean Islands, but you also hear versions of this groove in dance halls around the world.

Read More