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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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New Orleans Drumming, Part III: One Bar Clave

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Grooves | 4 comments

I hear this bass line a lot, and for years I struggled with how to play over it. Once I found a good sticking and applied what I knew of New Orleans music, it was like Night and Day. Check it out…

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New Orleans, Part II: the 2:3 Clave

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

Now that we’ve established the New Orleans “2 beat” and the “Big 4”, let’s look at how the 2:3 Clave plays into the development of this beat.

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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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New Orleans, Part I: the 2 Beat

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Grooves | 1 comment

It ALL comes from this beat. This is the groove that turned our musical culture from a “1 and 3” culture to a Backbeat culture.

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Advanced Brush Techniques, Part 6: Tricks for a Better “2” Feel

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Grooves | 0 comments

One of the common complaints I hear is that too many drummers have wimpy 2 feels, particularly with brushes. Here are a few tricks I picked up along the way to give your 2 feel more “pop.”

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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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Lifting the Cloak of Mystery off of Poinciana…

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Grooves | 0 comments

One of the most famous drum grooves is also one of the most misunderstood drum grooves.

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