Billy Higgins

Billy Higgins is one of the most unassuming greats of jazz drumming. Starting out with Ornette Coleman, he went on to work with Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. He was Blue Note's house drummer and recorded extensively with Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan.

July 4th, 2014

The Sidewinder

The Sidewinder is a classic album. The title track is a classic and so is the groove. So classic in fact that it is often dubbed the "Blue Note" groove and was something of a signature of the immensely versatile legendary Blue Note drummer Billy Higgins. Interestingly the cymbal pattern is played almost straight and it's very hard to hear what the bass drum is doing, but the groove is carried in syncopation in the snare drum. You should notice that this is an application of the figure we looked at in the Jazz Drumming Idea #21!

Billy Higgins, The Sidewinder, Jazz Drumming

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