New Orleans Drumming
Drum Kit
About the book
Copyright 2002-2003
1900-1945 1945-1970 1970-2000 Drum Techniques > Modern Second Line

During the 1970ties a rhythm and blues revival takes place: authentic music is put on record, veteran musicians are interviewed and old masters are brought back from obscurity. Also the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is established.

Street Parade
In 1972 a new title is added to the long list of Mardi Gras songs by Earl King. "Street Parade" has a very infectious rhythm.

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The Gumbo album from 1972 by Dr. John carries many great grooves. His drummer is Fred Staehle. "Little Liza Jane" is an old N.O. favorite, reconstructed after the 1956 version of Huey Smith.

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Iko Iko variations with three-two clave patterns in loose Mardi Gras Indian style are much heard throughout the decade.

Figure 6 – 7 coming soon

modern sounds
Modern jazz styles had been around New Orleans ever since the days of Vernel Fournier and Ed Blackwell in the early fifties. Most recording drummers in the city worked in the R&B vain but off-time studied bebop. Well-known modernists, moving in and out of town during the sixties and seventies, were James Black (Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef), David Lee (Gillespie, Zawinul) and Idris Muhammad (George Benson, John Scofield).

Another young musician equally at home in R&B as well as in bop drumming is Johnny Vidacovich. In 1989 Johnny plays with John Scofield on his album Flat Out. Here they rerecord an old hit by the Meters “Sissy Strut”. For many years Vidacovich has been playing and recording with the modern jazz quintet Astral Project.

Figure 6 – 8 as soon as my scanner is repaired

Modern Second Line
Modern Second Line