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New Orleans drumming educational resources
Line; 100 Years of New Orleans Drumming
by Anton Aukes
Anton Aukes has given us a fine addition to the
work: a handbook, a compendium of sorts, telling the history and
naming the people and patterns which were so instrumental in spreading
this influence of New Orleans around the planet.
This book stands up well to multiple readings, and
is really good for reference.
This wonderful book on New Orleans drumming goes all the way back
to the days of the early parades and brass bands of New Orleans.
The reader is shown how these beginnings gave birth to styles which
evolved into all the modern rock, jazz, and blues drumset styles
of today.. Through This book we hear of Jim Mukes and Black Benny
and Hungry Williams and John Boudreaux, in addition to the better
known New Orleans players like Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Earl
Palmer, and Zig Modeliste.
Everyone has heard how the drumset was born, as it were, in New
Orleans, but this book actually takes you there, through the steps
from when there were three drummers in the parade, through the period
of double drumming to the first drum set players.
This DVD is probably the best resource available on the subject
of neworlans style drumming. Formerly a three-video boxed set, now
available in one DVD featuring over two hours of footage from the
original programs which include: Johnny Vidacovich/Street
Beats: Modern Applications * Herlin Riley/Ragtime
and Beyond: Evolution of a Style * Earl Palmer and Herman
Ernest/From R&B to Funk. Johnny covers parade beats
and street beats and applying them as grooves to the kit. His playing
blends New Orleans parade beats with funk, reggae with second line,
and Dixieland with modern jazz. The great band performances on this
video feature some of New Orleans' best musicians. Herlin with Wynton
Marsalis, explores the history of the drum set as it relates to
the development of jazz drumming, from ragtime to modern jazz. Beginning
with military styles and moving through ragtime to jazz, he focuses
on the most important features of each style. Earl demonstrates
the R&B style helped create which includes shuffles, second
line-influenced grooves and rock 'n' roll. Herman performs several
tunes that reflect the rich, unique character of New Orleans funk.
Both styles feature performances with a band.
Here's the finely done intro to the Aukes
book, by Dr. John:
This book is essential to any drummer interested
in New Orleans drummin': it covers the fundamental second line
and fonk styles. SECOND LINE begins with the traditional brass
band use of the bass drum and cymbal, where the various snare
players play 'on the clave' and other syncopated feels. The book
then explains the evolution of two-beats, timerolls and sock cymbals,
into the early forms of jazz, as played by the great drummers
like Paul Barbarin, Zutty Singleton and Baby Dodds. These cats
majorly influenced the shape of rhythm to come.
There's a great understanding in Aukes' writing, of Earl Palmer's
massive contribution to the rhythm and blues and rock and roll
of New Orleans, beginning in the 1950's and '60's. SECOND LINE
shows many of the innovations of Charles "Hungry" Williams,
John Boudreaux, Smokey Johnson, Zigaboo Modeliste and so many
more, that contributed to the New Orleans funk scene and great
brass band revival.
I personally checked this book over with many of the drummers
written about, like Smokey, Idris Muhammad and Herman Ernest.
It gives powerful examples of each one of them. SECOND LINE 100
years of New Orleans drumming, follows the branches of the trees
of New Orleans drummin' straight from the roots.