This chant was originally performed by drummer Gene Lake on alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill’s album Spirit Of Nuff…Nuff [released 1990 Black Saint]. The composition is titled “Hope A Hope A”. This chant was mostly inspired by Gene Lake’s style and approach. I always found his style to sound loose. The cymbal part alone gives this Hip Hop chant a loose overlay. The doubles on the bell are key to that looseness.
This is an instrumental version of a tune I wrote called “Long Distance Memory”. The song demonstrates flowing from 6/8 to 3/4. It can be looked at a number of ways. I generally like to look at this tune as the A section (after the intro) in 3 and the B and C sections in 6. The guitar solo sections are in 6.
Here are examples of a few combinations involving the hi hat and ride cymbal. The hi hat is opposite or with the ride cymbal. The X hat is also used in these combinations. The bell of the ride, stroked ride, pedaled hat, and closed hat also provide alternate sounds. A number of phrases between the hi hat and ride cymbal support many drum chants in rock, jazz, fusion, bebop, latin, etc.