Apparently I drank something over the 4th of July weekend that inspired me to play nothing but jazz grooves from the late 50’s. Every time I sit down at the kit, all I want to do is put on my trashy, old ride cymbal and pretend I’m Elvin Jones or Art Blakey. Who knew Colt 45 would have that effect?
Speaking of Art Blakey, today I wanted to talk about one of the grooves he’s best known for: The mambo. I first learned how to play this groove after hearing Art lay it down on his 1957 classic, A Night In Tunisia.
Stop whatever it is you’re doing (besides reading this blog, of course) and focus on this track for the next 11 minutes and 17 seconds:
If that didn’t inspire you, then you should probably check your pulse. You may have been prescribed something by one of Michael Jackson’s doctors.
Today’s loop takes Art’s patented mambo pattern and chills things out just a bit… all the way down to 240bpm. You’ll have to add your own percussion section and 3:2 clave (sorry, I was out of limbs), but you should be able to get that hard bop sound you’ve been looking for.
The rest of the grooves and fills from this session will be available in the highly anticipated release of Gruss Loops – Volume III.
Get the .wav file here.
Get the .rx2 file here.
Get the .aiff file here.
Back before Michael Jackson was hosting questionable sleepovers, hanging babies over balconies and serving up Jesus Juice, he released a string of classic albums. My favorite of the pre-Wacko Jacko era is, without a doubt, his 1979 release, “Off the Wall”. You don’t need to slip me a funny drink to enjoy this record.
The drummer responsible for the infectious grooves on Off the Wall is John “JR” Robinson. Not only am I a fan of JR’s playing, we also have a few things in common:
1. We were both born and raised in Iowa.
2. We both attended Berklee College of Music.
3. We both sported mullets back in the day.
Today’s loop is a hat tip to JR with a post-mullet twist. A 16th note pattern keeps things moving while an AutoFilter and a touch of distortion add some sonic coloring.
Download the Logic session here. (33MB)