May 9th, 2014

Headin' Home

Hard to believe that Joshua Redman's "Mood Swing" album is twenty years old this year. It still sounds pretty fresh and is something of a modern (?!) classic not least because of the standard of the musicians; Christian McBride, Brad Melhdau, and Brian Blade!! There is plenty to study and learn from Blade's drumming on this album, but one of the things about his playing that makes him so great and versitile is his deep sense of groove. This, the last track on the album, is a fantastic example of that and it's interesting because of the displaced snare drum, the hi-hat opening on beat one. This being jazz drumming, Blade varies it quite a lot, but the first few bars set up the idea pretty well. The hard part is accenting the second beat of the double stroke to get the displaced backbeat on the "and" of two.

Brian Blade, Headin Home, Jazz Drumming

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Filed Under : Jazz Drumming: Grooves | Brian Blade
November 3rd, 2012

Ask Me Now

Brian Blade has got to be one of my favourite drummers, so I don't know why it has taken me so long to get something down and then up here by him. What's so inspiring about his playing is the depth of his musicality, it's never about chops or technique it's about making great music and he is able to that in almost any style. This transcription is of the track "Ask Me Now" from the fantastic standards album "Real Book Stories" by Wolfgang Muthspeil. Whilst not complicated, it's particularly interesting for the slow tempo and Blade's use of semi-quavers (16ths) and triplets to divide up the beat in the comping. It's a wonderful insight into Blade's subtle and musical approach to playing this kind of standards jazz! It should give you a few ideas!

Brian Blade, Ask Me Now, Jazz Drumming

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Filed Under : Jazz Drumming: Comping | Brian Blade

 

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