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Elvin on “Deluge”

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

Got a lesson request for a closer look into what Elvin is playing on the Wayne Shorter tune “Deluge.” It’s on the album “Juju.”

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The Elvin “Sweep” (Lesson Request)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Technique | 0 comments

Jim asked for some more Elvin. That’s a request I can’t ignore!

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Elvin: Ruffs and Flams Part 2

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Vocabulary | 5 comments

Now that we’ve absorbed some of Elvin’s favorite triplet sequences and his approach to adding ruffs and flams to his sound, let’s look a PRACTICAL APPROACH to this language.

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Elvin: Ruffs and Flams Part 1

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

You hear terms like “fat” and “wide” and “loose” when people speak of Elvin Jones’s feel. It’s all that and more, but there’s a method to his madness. And part of the fatness comes from his background as a rudimental snare drummer. Here’s some creative ways he used that rudimental background to his advantage…

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Elvin’s One Bar Phrases

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here are those same one beat phrases but stretched into one bar phrases. Also, I added a few other one bar phrases that Elvin popularized.

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Elvin’s Turnaround

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Vocabulary | 2 comments

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Elvin’s One Beat Phrases

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Grooves | 3 comments

Elvin Jones gave us all a new language to swing with. It’s equal parts very complex and very logical. As with any study of language, there are no “rules” that can’t and aren’t broken, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to define some of the characteristics of any language – Elvin’s included.

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52 Licks, Week 30: Elvin Jones Brush Lick

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

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52 Licks, Week 15: Elvin Jones Lick

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in 52 Licks | 2 comments

Here’s an Elvin lick that I love and hear him use all the time. As always – short, simple and easily applicable. But so hip.

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