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52 Licks, Week 12: Jeff “Tain” Watts Lick

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

This week we step away from the bebop stuff we’ve been dealing with and tackle a Jeff “Tain” Watts phrase. It works well for soloing and comping.

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52 Licks, Week 10: Antonio Sanchez Lick

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in 52 Licks | 1 comment

This is a short, simple, but super hip sounding lick I hear Antonio Sanchez play a lot. As with the other licks and the drummers that use them, it has many variations.

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52 Licks, Week 11: Greg Hutchinson Lick

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 11 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013.

This phrase comes from Greg Hutchinson. He plays it on an uptempo arrangement of “Smile” off of Michael Karn’s album, “In Focus.” Compared to some of the previous licks, this one is a bit more challenging to play at a bright tempo and will require a little more work to get it down. But what’s the fun in just throwing you guys softballs all day??

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52 Licks, Week 9: The Roy Haynes Lick

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in 52 Licks | 1 comment

Here’s a peak at the quintessential Roy Haynes lick. This embodies everything we love about Roy: it’s hip and it has that “pop” that he plays with.

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52 Licks: Week 7, Lewis Nash Brush Lick

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 7 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013.

This one is a brush lick by Lewis Nash, featuring a “Sweep-Tap” motion. It’s off of a Bill Mays CD called “An Ellington Affair.” The song is “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart.”

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52 Licks, Week 6: Bill Stewart Lick

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 6 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013. This is one of my favorite Bill Stewart phrases. I’ve heard him play this a handful of times, and was able to find a solo on YouTube where he uses it.

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52 Licks, Week 5: Eric Harland Lick

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

This phrase comes from Eric Harland. It’s off a Jacky Terrason record called, “Smile.” Eric plays it on the title track toward the end. It’s an easy phrase to execute and it hits hard.

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52 Licks, Week 4: Brian Blade Lick

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 4 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013.
This week’s phrase came from a gig I went to with Brian Blade, Sam Yahel, and Peter Bernstein. They used to have a trio at Small’s every Wednesday night, and I went there like Church.

Brian played this one night and I never forgot it. It’s essentially a New Orleans phrase, just spiced up a bit. Turns out, he’s not the first to play it, as with most good phrases – it’s been around awhile. But as you’ll hear, there’s good reason for it to last this long

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52 Licks, Week 3: Max Roach Lick

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Here’s a phrase I lifted from one of max’s famous versions of “Mop Mop” or “Blues for Big Sid” (same tune). It’s a fairly common hand/foot pattern, but with a twist, and some important phrasing.

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52 Licks, Week 2: Paradiddle diddle Lick

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in 52 Licks | 2 comments

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52 Licks, Week 1: 9 Stroke Phrase

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in 52 Licks | 3 comments

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