August 31st, 2011

Saint Augustine in Hell - Vinnie Colaiuta

Vinnie Colaiuta took pop/rock drumming to a whole other level on Sting's exceptional "Ten Summoner's Tales", being both understated and innovative. This track along with the classic "Seven Days" turned me on to playing odd signatures and it's still a groove I love. It's a deceptively simple 7/8 groove offset by the cymbal bell playing crotchets (quarter notes) over the top. A great little groove to get together and play with.

Vinnie Colaiuta

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Filed Under : Jazz Drumming: Grooves |Vinnie Colautia
April 11th, 2010


Raju is the opening track on the Five Peace Band Live Album by jazz fusion legends Chick Corea and John Mclaughlin featuring the indubitably good Vinnie Colautia! This blend of jazz fusion seems perfectly suited to his playing and this groove I found particularly infectious and interesting. It is in 3/4 which often seems uncommon in fusion music but what is particularly brilliant is the many ways that Vinnie and the band superimpose 6/8 and 4/4 over the top of it. Below is the bit I found most interesting from the introduction, and in the pdf you will find the first chorus of Chick's solo, which grooves especially well. It is pretty fast and has a double time feel about it with Colautia filling in many of the semi-quavers. Hard to play well so, start slow, build in the grace notes and then work on the tempo.

Vinnie Colautia, Raju

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Five Peace Band, with Vinnie ColaiutaFive Peace Band Live - The latest fusion offering from John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and co. featuring Vinnie Colaiuta.

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