Groove Style: New Orleans R&B
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Great Grooves from the History of R&B:
Daniel Glass: "Tipitina" - Professor Longhair - 1953
NEW ORLEANS R&B: The Latin Influence
Drummer: Earl Palmer - bpm 102

Joyful, spiritual, soulful, funky, downright stanky - even if some of these terms didn't exist in the '50s, they all apply when it comes to the incredible sounds that emerged from New Orleans during the early R&B era. With a rich cultural heritage that blends European, African, and Carribean rhythms, it is no surprise that the Crescent City's contribution to R&B music was deep and lasting.

On the classic Longhair track, "Tipitina", the rhumba pattern is played in the bass drum, giving it that syncopated (a.k.a. "funky") New Orleans feel. The way this groove moves, you'd think you were listening to some funk track from the '60s or '70s! The fact that these grooves put the timekeeping on the snare drum (as opposed to the hi-hat) is indicative of another New Orleans tradition; second line and parade drumming.

The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming
By Zoro and Daniel Glass

Eight years in the making, this prequel to The Commandments of R&B Drumming delves into the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and '50s, an incredible musical era when shuffles ruled the airwaves and modern groove playing was in its infancy. Written by Zoro and Daniel Glass, drummer for the Royal Crown Revue, this book is loaded with history, photos, graphics, exercises, and transcriptions, and includes the most comprehensive guide to shuffle playing ever written.

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"I am so impressed with what Daniel and Zoro have done to secure the heritage of the modern drum set.The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming is a must—every inspired drummer needs to experience and learn from this masterpiece. The book will take you on a journey through our history—and knowing where we came from will assist us in our vision for the future! Thank you both for your hard work, so that generations ahead of us can forever enjoy this magical era!"

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