Thursday, September 06, 2012

Groove o' the day: Elvin Jones — Tumblin' Tumbleweed

Just back in town from a short quasi-vacation at the Oregon coast, and nothing on deck except, groan, another hip, generic "Latin jazz" groove, played by Elvin Jones on the tune Tumblin' Tumbleweed on J.J. Johnson's album J Is For Jazz:

Note that he plays the 4& on the snare drum rather than on a tom tom. The bass drum part is inaudible, but you could play it lightly on 1 of the first measure, or 1 and the & of 2 in the first measure, or on 1 and 3 every measure. This isn't available on YouTube, so you'll have to actually buy the track.

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