Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Groove o' the day: a funk samba

This is kind of a throwaway track by Gal Costa, but the drum groove is cool— both the pattern, and the way it's played. Most people would call it a funk samba, and it has something of a partido alto type thing happening. Maybe somebody who really knows their Brazilian styles can inform us in the comments. The drummer is a very famous Brazilian player we haven't talked about much, Paulinho Braga. The tune is A Mulher, from Costa's album Agua Viva.

He plays basically the same thing on a ride cymbal part of the time, with some accents in unison with the snare and bass parts. The bass drum note on the e of 4 is often omitted. I suspect there are a lot of right hand doubles in the tom fills.

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