Monday, July 02, 2012

Groove o' the Day: Ed Blackwell - T & T

Here's another Ed Blackwell groove, from the intro to Ornette Coleman's T & T, off the album Ornette:

For clarity, here is the same groove written as separate rhythms, without the bass drum:

We'll be seeing a lot more of these in the near future as I finally after all these years try to get inside these famous drum grooves of Blackwell's. 

YouTube audio after the break:


  1. Thanks a lot for the inspration!
    When I saw your writing of the phrase in two separate lines I got the idea to go through Syncopation (Reed), playing two lines at the same time; one line per hand.
    Really hard, but it sounds very Blackwell-like.
    (Of course I use timpany mallets)

  2. Hi Michael! Great idea-- there's a lot of that type of thing in Nick Ceroli's books, too, I believe. More of this type of thing coming...

  3. Great stuff Todd!!
    Having my Ed Blackwell period again, and i find this very helpful!