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“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.

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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.

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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.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 15: ii V to the vi

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Another common harmonic move in jazz standards is to reference the Relative Minor, which is the vi chord. Let’s check out a few popular tunes that showcase this move, so we can learn to hear it.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 14: ii V to the IV

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

As we get into identifying some of the common progressions (so you can learn to hear them), we’re gonna start with one of the most common moves.

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Quick Hit: Philly Joe “Locomotion” Lick

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s another “Quick Hit” (something easy to pick up and use), this time it’s a Philly Joe Jones lick.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 13: Common Turnarounds

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Now let’s get into learning to identify some of the most common harmonic movements in a jazz tune. First up: The Turnaround. What it is, what it sounds like, and a few of the most common variations.

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