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Teasing the Korean

Help Me Understand the Art Blakey Drum Albums

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3 hours ago, Teasing the Korean said:

primarily because Art seems unwilling or unable to simply groove with the percussionists.

Idris Muhammad is on record saying he didn't like playing with any percussionists other than Ralph MacDonald because they interfered with what he was trying to do; where Ralph was sensitive to the kit and complimented it. Maybe Blakey was the same way for the most part...and it depended on which percussionist was playing as to whether he could groove with them? 

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As I mentioned Ralph MacDonald, here's a drum/percussion track with a little bit of flute thrown in. Steve Gadd on drums:

 

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21 hours ago, Dub Modal said:

Idris Muhammad is on record saying he didn't like playing with any percussionists other than Ralph MacDonald because they interfered with what he was trying to do; where Ralph was sensitive to the kit and complimented it. Maybe Blakey was the same way for the most part...and it depended on which percussionist was playing as to whether he could groove with them? 

I learned over the years that lot of kit drummers do not know how to modify their style to accommodate a conga or bongo player. They just do their thing, and expect the hand percussionist to follow along. 

And a lot of sound men in live settings do not understand the concept of placing the conga more predominantly in the mix than the kits. They too assume that the kit is the main thing and that the conga player is there as a stage prop.

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I don't trust people who don't understand drums/percussion.

I mean I know buttloads of them, and even like quite many of them. But I don't trust any of them.

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58 minutes ago, JSngry said:

I don't trust people who don't understand drums/percussion.

I mean I know buttloads of them, and even like quite many of them. But I don't trust any of them.

It is weird, because it is the fundamental aspect of music. 

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and therefore of life.

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