Art Blakey

There is probably no better place to start with anything related to jazz drumming than Art Blakey, who was one of the creators of Bebop drumming. He has a immense groove and a deep swing, and his solos are powerfully rhythmical. He was and remains one of the greatest influences on jazz and his band Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers featured any number of players who later became jazz greats.

April 11th, 2013

Jazz Shuffle

It's hard to definitively call this groove a "Blakey Shuffle" as it is a widely used jazz variation of a groove that came from the blues, but it's pretty close to it. It is mostly famously heard on the hard-bop tune "Moanin", but can also be heard on tunes such as "The Chess Players". It is slightly unusual in jazz drumming because of the back-beat on beats 2 & 4, but it really grooves and drives the music. You'll have to work on getting a good balance between all the parts and you'll find you need some good left hand control. It is essential to play along with the original to feel the groove! (It's not written but play the Hi-Hat on 2 & 4 and feather the bass drum on all four beats).

Art Blakey, Moanin, Jazz Drumming

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December 9th, 2012

Nica's Tempo

After all this time here finally is a post of a drum solo. Strangely perhaps, I am not that interested in soloing as drummer, but it is an important part of playing jazz. As with many things in jazz drumming Art Blakey is a great place to begin. Here is an intro solo from the track "Nica's Tempo" from the album of the same name. It features a number of interesting ideas as it builds from a simple off-beat figure around the kit, through a powerful, almost African inspired, rhythm between the toms and the kick, before returning to the off-beat idea and ending with an intense flurry of triplets. Many great ideas to get together and give you some inspiration.

Art Blakey, Nica's Tempo, Jazz Drumming

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