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Brian Blade | 1970 playlist | On Jazz Drumming

Brian Blade: A 1970 playlist

Brian Blade suggests a special playlist of tunes from 1970 for JazzTimes magazine, in celebration of the magazines 50th anniversary. The list is interesting in it's own right, but also revealing of Blade's musical influences.

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two ways to listen | jazz drumming inspiration | on jazz drumming

Two Ways To Listen

In Roy Peter Clark’s “Writing Tools” he mentions that as a writer there are two types of reading: reading for content and reading for analysis. By reading for content he means just the usual type of reading to learn about something or just for enjoyment, by reading with X-Ray vision, as he calls it, you read to understand the what the writer is doing and how. Of course, these two levels of reading for writers are applicable as two levels of listening for musicians...

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Brian Blade - Children of the Light - On Jazz Drumming

Brian Blade and Children of the Light

Brian Blade is one of my favourite drummers. He may not appear to be as technically adroit as some other drummers, but that’s precisely the point. He is probably one of the most original sounding and musical drummers around...

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what jazz records should I listen to? - on jazz drumming

what jazz records should I listen to?

Of course there are tonnes and tonnes of great jazz recordings out there, so many that it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start. Here are six records from the classic year 1959, to get you started.

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