the good hair

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Diatomaceous Earth band practice

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More Jazz Poems

June 28th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

Thanks Y’all!!!!!

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June 27th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

Everyday Were Shuffling.

June 27th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

First up, the Chicago Shuffle.
With the Chicago Shuffle both hands play the same Pattern.
The Bassdrum plays quarter notes.
You can play the Hi-Hat either on 2 & 4, or together with the Bassdrum.
Make sure that the accents fall on 2 & 4.
In order to make the groove even more interesting, try different techniques with the Hi-hat foot.
For instance splash the Hi-hat on the quarter notes, or on 2 & 4.

The Texas Shuffle differs from the Chicago Shuffle only by one note in the Snare drum pattern.
Bassdrum plays quarter notes; the Hi-Hat is placed on 2 & 4.
The accents fall also on 2 & 4.

With the Swing shuffle, the right hand plays a Jazz Ride Pattern and keeps the same Snare drum figure as the Texas shuffle.
Again the Bass drum plays quarter notes and the Hi-Hat plays 2 & 4.

Now the Half Time Shuffle is probably the one mostly used in modern music.
Drummers like John Bonham and Jeff Porcaro made this one famous.
The half time shuffle is mostly played on the Hi-Hat and is supported by ghost notes on the snare drum. With the half time shuffle, the ghost notes are very important.
The backbeat or accent lies on 3.

And last but not least, the Steve Gadd Shuffle with two bass drum variations. The right hand plays quarter notes on the Ride or Hi-hat and the left foot always plays the third triplet.

And also last but not least, the classic Bernard Purdie half-time shuffle groove appears on the Steely Dan tune, Home At Last, from their 1977 album release, Aja (MCA Records).

Pharoah Sanders

June 27th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

What to do with Fusion?

June 26th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

Man we havent even gotten through ten percent of the stuff we aim to, yet this question is bugging us:  What to do with fusion?  Stanley Crouch says to

toss it out with the bath water.  And, listening to the Weather Report on the radio this morning made us want to agree with him (Jaco Pastorious is this weeks Artist in the Spotlight on Portlands Listener Supported Jazz radio station KMHD).  This Weather Report song, Birdland, was their big hit and man it sucked, like television music or something.  So we guess we will look into it a bit, but where to start?  Return to Forever?  Maybe we will ask Jeff Lorber the next time we see him.

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Nature Jazz and Us

June 26th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

What is nature and what is it doing?  Chaos and harmony and everything else are bringing life to bear.  There is no confusion, only everything all at once sharing and taking.  It poses so many questions that where do you begin is just that, where do you begin.  It also says just begin and don’t fart around with it, or yes fart around with it.  We wonder why jazz has typically been most virile in the cities rather than in rural areas.  Bucolics rather than alcoholics.  Nature in the raw is what its getting into, isn’t it?  We think there is simply something more exposing in the city man and more exposed.  But we also wonder if that’s kind of a stupid thing to say.  We are man and therefore we should have something to say.  Shoulds coulds mean nothing.  Hey holler and shout and scream and coo and oooh and do it all with balls of blue on the Champs Elysee.  Fire and water too, swinging.  Sloppy yes but tight as shit.  Get loosey goosey power.  YES!!!!!!

Alan

June 26th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink

We just wrote a letter to the EPA, at the behest of Alan a canvasser for Clean Water Action, commenting on a draft that proposes prohibitting the use of diesel in fracturing activities, otherwise known as fracking.  That shit is a lousy deal all around.