Groove Style: Texas Shuffle
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Great Grooves from the History of R&B:
Daniel Glass: "Cold Shot" - Stevie Ray Vaughn - 1984
Drummer: Chris Layton - bpm 110

If the Chicago sound was marked by looseness, Texas R&B was exactly the opposite. Texas saxmen like Illinois Jacquet, singers like Bobby Bland, and guitar troubadours like T-Bone Walker, Clarence Brown, Freddie King, Johnny Copeland, and Albert Collins brought a sophisticated sensibility to the blues. Their bands often included keyboards and horn sections and were characterized by tight, crisp shuffles that kept the music grooving hard.

In the '80s, Stevie Ray Vaughn brought Texas-style shuffles back onto the world stage once again. His "Cold Shot" takes an approach to the Texas feel that's slower and more laid back. Chris Layton plays this groove waaaay behind the beat. And check out his interesting use of drags - a nice touch!!

The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming
By Zoro and Daniel Glass

Eight years in the making, this prequel to The Commandments of R&B Drumming delves into the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and '50s, an incredible musical era when shuffles ruled the airwaves and modern groove playing was in its infancy. Written by Zoro and Daniel Glass, drummer for the Royal Crown Revue, this book is loaded with history, photos, graphics, exercises, and transcriptions, and includes the most comprehensive guide to shuffle playing ever written.

"I am so impressed with what Daniel and Zoro have done to secure the heritage of the modern drum set.The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming is a must—every inspired drummer needs to experience and learn from this masterpiece. The book will take you on a journey through our history—and knowing where we came from will assist us in our vision for the future! Thank you both for your hard work, so that generations ahead of us can forever enjoy this magical era!"

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