Triple Chant in 7 #1

This is the triple feel version of Duple Chant in 7 #1. In essence, it is the same chant as Duple Chant in 7 #1 felt with triplets. Technically it is different because of the feel and notation. Demonstrated at 72 BPM you get the relaxed feel to hear where every note drops. I believe performing this chant will help you understand all long odd meter phrasing with a faster ear. In other words, when you are in musical situations where you are given music at the last minute that is unusually triple feel odd meter, you will approach it faster by having repetitious practices of this chant and others similar.

Duple Chant In 7 #1

If you can imagine a James Brown pocket in 7, this is it. This is a very funky and simple way to play in 7 duple feel. Odd meter is often viewed and assumed as difficult to approach because of its oddness. However, when applying simple familiar phrases to any odd meter one can see how simple odd meter can be approached and performed. This chant was inspired by James Brown’s “Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud”. Continuing this chant repetitively makes this approach to 7 duple feel easily understood.

Triple Chant in 6 #2

I like to refer to this chant as semi Afro Cuban. Based off the triple clave, this chant has a swing feel. The hip thing is keeping the hats pedaling on beats 2 and 4. Although this chant is simple in nature, it is quite difficult to master. Once this becomes comfortable to play, try bringing in the cowbell using the 6/8 clave that is the same as the ride pattern in the PDF.

University of Chicago Residency Featuring Steve Coleman & Guests August 1, 2015

11017355_10206460514570760_5821906371779113292_oThis is another performance featuring on the spot creative music with Steve Coleman and special guests. This is a dual cam raw edit. As part of the residency, we performed onstage in venues making this performance captured at Cafe Logan a bit more intimate for the audience. As the drummer, I have to always listen to everything happening. This is a humbling gig to have working with Steve Coleman mostly because the music never becomes relaxing. Anything can happen at anytime. A cue could be thrown inside the most odd place. Rhythmically speaking, it is not enough to look at this as a challenge. You must be alert on all fronts and ready to play against all the music you hear. This performance is a wonderful opportunity to share my experience with this group of musicians.