Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Art Taylor interview

Another media item: a 110 minute interview with the drummer Art Taylor. You're certainly aware of him; he's best known for playing on a lot of hard bop records in the late 50s. He also wrote a great book of interviews with jazz musicians, called Notes & Tones. He passed away in 1995.

They talk about his life and career, and then get into the drum stuff about 45 minutes in. One small thing that is very interesting to me is that when he first demonstrates the cymbal rhythm, he doesn't start it on beat 1. It's actually an African thing, and similar to my “skiplet” concept.


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