Nixon will frequently do this with the hihat— do the open note on 1 in the first measure, and on the & of 1 on the second measure. This pattern occurs on the fade out:
This cowbell part, played by a percussionist, is sort of interesting; it is basically the same rhythm as the standard Go Go bass drum pattern, but with the halves of the measure reversed. If that bass drum rhythm were the “clave” of Go Go music— you could make a case for that— then the cowbell would be reversing clave; a no-no in music that is actually clave-based.
This same rhythm happens to be used in Brazilian music, but as far as I know there is no direct connection between the styles.
Here's the track:
Another great post! Thanks for your brilliant work...ReplyDelete
What do you think of Jojo Mayer's drumming?
Thanks, Jerry! I don't listen to Jojo much-- he's just not on any of the music I like spending time with. I had the original Screaming Headless Torsos record, back in the day, but that's about it. He's obviously a great drummer, but it's hard for me to get excited about players apart from their recordings. His technique video is a certainly a major contribution to the literature of drumming.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the reply Todd - and yes, you're right of course. It's all about the music, not the chops. He seems pretty popular with a lot of my students who see him via vic firth shred vids and the like. It verges on your 'cult of amazingness' that I think is so spot on, although I'd take him over Mr. Lang any day!ReplyDelete
Looking forward to your new record by the way...