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Understanding Form: “Tain” Plays the Blues

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Here’s a track with Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, where he and his bandmates converse over the Blues. I’m trying to strike a balance between pointing things out and letting it roll so you guys can hear them for yourselves.

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Avoiding the “1” Part 6: Brian Blade Comping Analysis

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

We wrap up the “Avoiding the 1” series by studying some comping of a modern master: Brian Blade. How does he employ this style of phrasing? Let’s find out…

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Primer, Week 13: Examples of Mambo in Jazz

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Listening Lab | 1 comment

OK, now that we’ve dug into how to construct a Mambo groove, and how you can vary it in different ways, let’s check out some famous examples of Mambo in jazz tunes.

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Great Players Using Economy of Motion

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Check out a handful of masters playing fast tempos: Papa Jo, Lewis Nash, Eric Harland, Jeff Hamilton, and Greg Hutchinson

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Uptempo Playlist

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Here’s a list of great uptempo jazz tunes, listed in order of tempo:

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Great 8 Bar Drum Intros

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

In the “8 Up Front” lesson, I addressed some of the keys to a great 8 bar drum intro. Let’s listen to and break down some great intros:

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TDWR: Zutty Singleton

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Zutty Singleton. It’s a name you hear bandied about when talking of early great jazz drummers. But usually people just know his name, NOT his playing. Or even his contributions. Heck, most people pronounce his name (a nickname) wrong. Let’s try and shed a little light on Zutty, shall we?

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TDWR: Vernel Fournier

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

TDWR (Talent Deserving Wider Recognition)

For those of you that have been a member for a while, this name is not new to you, but nevertheless, he’s the perfect drummer to start with when discussing drummers who should have more notoriety.

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Blade Plays One Bar Clave

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Does he ever…What a great groove over Kenny Garrett’s “Wayne’s Thang.” Check it out…

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Some New Orleans “2 Beats.”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

Let’s check out a few modern masters of New Orleans drumming play the traditional “2 beat.”

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Some Great “2” Feels

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Listening Lab | 2 comments

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