More Brazilian fusion from Ivan Conti, of Azymuth. They really embraced the technology in the early 80's, so a good amount of their stuff is fairly unlistenable, but the records with real drums on them are pretty good, with a strange kind of edge for such highly produced music— that's some kind of Brazilian thing you don't hear in American fusion bands. The groove is from the tune Questao de Etica, on the Partido Novo album— the tempo is bright, around 138:
The whole groove hangs off of the tamborim-like rhythm played with the right hand on the hihat— he's not just playing arbitrary linear junk. There are certainly some filler notes in there with the left hand, but I'll let you find your own way of making them, or not.
Oh, what the hell, here's the whole intro to the tune. We're all about the tom fills this week:
Audio after the break: