Somewhere in Between.

There is a special feel that was born from the brass bands of New Orleans. It first emerged around the turn of the 20th century and eventually worked its way north, merging into other styles of music along the way. This is a groove that is neither triplet nor sixteenth note based. It’s not straight funk and it’s not totally swung. It’s somewhere in between. It’s a feel that’s literally impossible to notate on sheet music and even harder to play.

Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart

There are only a handful of drummers in modern music who can truly find this “in between” feel and make it work in a variety of musical settings. Two of my favorites are Bill Stewart and Idris Muhammad. Whether they’re keeping it cool on a straight ahead jazz session or laying down back beats behind a funk band, they always manage to find this rhythmic sweet-spot.

Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad

Loop #22
Today’s beat is a four measure loop based on this “in between” feel. It’s a lazy funk groove that borrows more than a few licks from Bill and Idris (guys, the po’ boys are on me next time). And you, sitting in front of your computer, don’t even think about touching that quantizer.

Preview Here:


Download the Logic session here. (67MB)

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66 BPM

3 thoughts on “Somewhere in Between.

  1. Dusk

    So iLL!

    Things like this are why I wish Image-line (makers of FL Studio) would bring their Sampler Channels into the FPC (drum module). For those who don’t know, basically the situation right now is, if you use Sampler Channels, you’ve got all the tools you need, but you’re clicking on steps in a step sequencer (can be good but since it’s a step sequencer it’s perfectly quantized all the time). And then if you use the FPC, you can play different drums on the keyboard at the same time like a drummer, but you don’t have as much control over the samples you use in the FPC as you do if you used Sampler Channels.

    (My comment is a bit off-topic but I’m just saying that organic drumming like that, that breaks away from perfectly-quantized beats is very refreshing and inspiring!)

  2. John

    AHHH! thanks…I feel like my snark on baby boomer drummers playing straight 8’s to Chuck thangs yesterday hit a ..umm..struck a..well, whatever, and where is the paypal account Ryan..I have $.87 all set to go.

    the sad thing is, (besides me having $.87 left) people WILL flip this into Live, take a lookie at the “warp” markers, and start moving things around to stricktalee line up zee mahhkers mitt the time deewisions, ya? like zo….however you can rest assured that me and my friend Marco R, after partaking of various potions from deep in HAHHMMMon, Loos’EE’anna, would probably move the snare a tad further back, colliding with the ghost (note) of Earl Palmer, who I think invented this..ok maybe he codified it, but there you go.

    thanks for a good one boss, keep em coming..Jack..Cellar Door..What’d I Say..Jack.. Cellar Door..this is your conscience speaking..Jack..(fade)

  3. nylarch

    Totally agree on the Ableton thing. I LOVE working on beats in Live but the tendency is to take out all of the funk. That’s why I Recycle and use Logic. I guess Live 8’s groove engine will help.

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