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Old 06-16-2012, 02:03 AM
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Default Re: ...for the jazz cats ...

Originally Posted by con struct View Post
For years I've heard about something called the "Philly lick." Miles Davis mentions it in his autobiography, he even claims that he invented it and passed it on to Philly Joe Jones. He says that Jones made a lot of money playing that lick.

Of course, a lot of what Miles Davis said in his later years was preposterous rubbish.

So what's the lick? As near as I can gather, what it means is playing side stick on the four. But there were drummers doing that before Philly Joe Jones did it.

So, once and for all, can someone tell me exactly what the Philly lick is?

Personally I don't think there's any such thing.
"Gimme that Philly lick!"

I think the only place I ever read about that was Miles' autobiography. I came to the same conclusion about what it was, which never made any sense because, like you say, that goes back way before Philly Joe.

I'd love to hear the answer to this one myself.
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