Got brush loops?

Wondering why I haven’t posted in a while?  It’s because I’ve been putting the finishing touches on this bad boy.  I also have something even bigger to announce in a few days.  No, I’m not taking over Ricky Rockett’s drum throne in Poison.  But it’s almost as exciting.  Here’s the official press release for today’s news:

Following up on a customer favorite, we’re happy to announce the release of The Art of Brushes Volume 2.  A collection of loops and samples focused entirely on brushes, this second volume contains over twice as many files as the original, giving you the sounds and grooves you need to produce authentic drum tracks in a wide range of styles.

From folk, to Americana, to bebop, to electronica, the depth and airiness of the brushes combined with the warmth and timbre of vintage drums and hand-hammered cymbals provide the perfect foundation for even the most discerning producer and songwriter who needs truly professional sounding (and feeling) drum tracks.

Number of Loops: 135

Number of Samples: 82

Tempo Range: 80-212 BPM

Download load it instantly here!

We are also happy to announce the release of “bundled” versions of both of the brush collections.  The bundled sets provide you with the first two releases in one instant download, while also saving you 25%!


Give THE DRUMMER Some.

Via http://clydestubblefield.chipin.com

In July 2009, funk drumming legend, Clyde Stubblefield, whose sampled beats from his innovative recordings with James Brown have shaped the sound of hip-hop and drum & bass music, suffered kidney failure and began weekly dialysis treatment.

In July 2010, The Coalition for Clyde Stubblefield – an artist & industry association of Clyde’s supporters – was founded by drummers Stanton Moore, Johnny Rabb and David Stanoch to spread word of Clyde’s situation and new avenues being created expressly for donating financial support directly to him.

Clyde continues to work and perform regularly while dealing with the stress his kidney dialysis treatments demand.

We thank you for visiting this webpage and your desire to Give The Drummer Some, helping Clyde and his family find some relief as he braves this journey so they may feel some of YOUR soulfulness as we come together to help out a brother, an inspiration, our friend.

Remember, no contribution is too small and every penny makes a difference. JOIN THE COALITION & SPREAD THE WORD! Follow the simple instructions under the widget for embedding it into your own websites & social media pages! We thank you for your concern and generosity.

Sincerely,
THE COALITION FOR CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD

Crazy, Huge Sale on Loops

Our good friends over at The Loop Loft (the place my loops go when they’re ready for the big leagues) are having a massive sale on their entire loop collection this weekend. Don’t sleep on this one…

“Summer is almost over, but your chance to pick up the best loops online isn’t!
Just enter the following code at checkout to receive 25% off from our entire collection:

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But don’t delay, the sale ends Monday, September 6th!”



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Revisiting Mr. Kenwood Dennard

Kenwood Dennard

This past weekend, while clearing out one of the bedrooms in my house to make way for a nursery (yes folks, there’s a little Gruss set to drop in December), I stumbled upon an old shoebox containing dozens of old cassette tapes from my years at Berklee. A literal time capsule back to 1996-2000, these tapes captured everything from late night jam sessions in 150 Mass Ave, board tapes from various gigs with Jonah Smith, instrumental funk tracks featuring a classmate named John, and most importantly, recordings of my drum lessons with the legendary, Kenwood Dennard.

The Lost Tapes

When I was in high school, Kenwood’s drumming on Maceo Parker’s “Life on Planet Groove” was without doubt, the most influential of all of the CDs I owned. I must have listened to that album thousands of times, learning every funky ghost note and fill that Kenwood laid down on that record. My love for that CD practically bordered on obsession, which is probably why I was so estatic when I found out that Kenwood would be joining the Berklee faculty during my freshman year of college. It’s not often that someone gets to meet one of their biggest musical heros, let alone be mentored by them.

During my junior year, I performed in Kenwood’s “Music of James Brown” ensemble as well as studied privately with him. This was a great combination because he would have the chance to hear me play every week in a live setting with other musicians, and then we would break it all down in my lessons and tweak certain elements of my drumming.

Kenwood always had two drum kits set up in his office, so the majority of lessons were spent with the two of us playing together, refining various grooves and bouncing rhythmic phrases back and forth. Not wanting to forget a single note of our sessions, I always had a tape recorder running so I could analyze everything afterwards. It was humbling enough just playing with Kenwood, it was even MORE humbling listening to a recording of yourself playing with Kenwood.

Kenwood Dennard
Kenwood Dennard

At the beginning of one particular lesson in 1998, I was showing Kenwood some grooves in 7/8 I was working on. Nothing fancy, just some vanilla funk groove with a lot of emphasis on the “1”. What Kenwood laid on me next was something that would forever change my playing:

[audio:Kenwood_SevenEight_1998.mp3]

You can totally reconstruct the entire DNA of a groove by NOT emphasising the “1”. And when doing this in an odd meter, things can get really interesting. Find the weak part of beats and try turning them into the dominate ones. And this doesn’t only apply to odd meters… it can be just as effective in 4/4.

A few of my favorite moments of this lesson:
– 1:30 Kenwood and I trying to find the “e” of 4
– 6:59 Kenwood asking ME how to play the groove to Super Bad
– 9:35 “You can do that for the next 10 years.” He was right.

Here’s a quick transcription I did of the concept we were working on in that lesson (pardon the unattached 8th note stems). Notice, there is nothing on the downbeat of 1 (other than the hi hat), with the kick drum anticipating each bar by falling on the “e” of 4. Any snare note that isn’t a back beat is to be ghosted.

Check out those Cajons!

Via the extremely good-looking people over at The Loop Loft:

World Percussion Loops Vol 1 is our first release consisting entirely of ethnic hand percussion.  From West African udu drums and shakers, to North Indian frame drums, to Afro-Peruvian cajóns, the World Percussion pack provides an eclectic library of highly authentic sounding loops and grooves.

This collection is a must-have for anyone looking to expand their loop collection beyond the usual “ethnic” loops supplied in most DAWs.  Take a listen to the audio preview below and you’ll hear why this release is an instant passport to some of the most inspiring and unique percussion sounds from around the world.

World Percussion Loops Vol 1 by thelooploft

We are also excited to announce the release of “bundled” versions of our popular jazz and funk drum loop collections. The bundled sets provide you with the first two releases in one instant download, while also saving you 25%!

Looking for free percussion loops?

Via the good people at The Loop Loft:

We’re currently putting the finishing touches on our next major release at The Loop Loft, “World Percussion Loops”, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek (or listen) of what we think is one of our greatest packs to date.  Loaded full of a wide mix of ethnic percussion, including cajons, udu drums, frame drums and a variety of shakers, this loop pack is a must-have for anyone looking to round out their percussion library with authentic sounds and grooves.
To have a free demo pack sent directly to your inbox, just submit your email below and select your desired file format.  After working with some of the hand selected loops in the demo pack, we guarantee you’ll hear why The Loop Loft is the premier destination for high quality loops!

More info here.

The Bob Reynolds Loop Collection

I told you kids I’ve been busy. Turn up your speakers and check out the video below:

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The Loop Loft is excited to announce the launch of The Bob Reynolds Loop Collection.  The first release of our official “Artist Series” loop packs, the Bob Reynolds Loop Collection is the ultimate set of loops performed by one of the premier saxophonists in modern music . Recorded over the course of several days in a Los Angeles studio, we worked directly with Reynolds to produce 13 complete sessions of high quality sax recordings that are specifically tailored for looping in WAV, AIFF (Apple Loops) and REX2 formats.

Bob has performed with notable jazz artists including Brian Blade, Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Hutchinson, and Tom Harrell.  His credits in the pop world include recordings and world tours with a diverse range of artists including: John Mayer, Nellie McKay, Richard Bona, Guy Sebastian and Jonah Smith.