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Old 06-11-2018, 07:33 PM
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Default Vernel Fournier- Poinciana drum demo

I found this YT video and it was excellent.

Poinciana by Ahmad Jamal, a favorite jazz tune of mine, is one of those compositions I couldn't quite grok the entire drum groove through listening alone.

(Had the same experience with the Cissy Strut by The Meters, but YT had a video demo'ing that drum groove, with some notations, which really helped clarify).

This YT channel/drummer uploaded this video to demonstrate very clearly, both in playing and notation superimposed, what Vernel was playing throughout the song. The keys to a little kingdom for me.

Fairly simple, but a classy groove that does require some 4 limb interdependence coordination.

You'll love this video if you like Jamal's music, this song, and Vernel's playing.


Edit - just found a 2nd YT demo, this one without any instruction or notation (if you read the first is easier to see exactly what the hands/feet do).
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:13 PM
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One of my favorite tunes as well. That beat is technically simpler than I thought it would be, but you could probably spend years getting the "groove" just right on it. Very cool video!
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:28 PM
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Vernel Fournier has been an enormous inspiration for my entire life

thank you for sharing this
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:31 PM
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VERY nice piece and playing. Your basset hound likes it too.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:46 PM
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Default Re: Vernel Fournier- Poinciana drum demo

I have always loved that piece and Vernel's simple, hypnotic groove. It perfectly fits Jamal's touch on the piano.

Peter Erskine does a nice and slightly different take of it on Gary Burton's Departure album.

Just recently, Jeff Hamilton played a killer version of Poinciana at Jazz Port Townsend. What a super trio!
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Old 09-13-2018, 12:39 AM
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Here is a kind of ''soft'' drums-rhythm played by..:Tony Williams,.!!


TONY WILLIAMS,dr,5t,Live at *Catalina Bar & Grill*,,West Hollywood,, CA, 21*January1993- Wallace Roney,tp ,.Billy Pierce,ts ,.Mulgrew Miller,p., Ira Coleman,cb .,Tony Williams,.dr ., t,.124''..-

CD,1*Early Show ,1 title,, 2 Geo Rose *? ,,3 Blackbird,,
4 Poinciana,*Inc,, 5 The Slump *? ,,
6 T.W. talks band intro ,, 7 T.W. talks to audience ,,--
CD,2*Late Show ,,1 title *?,, 2 title *?,, 3 title *?,, 4 title *?,,..
5 title *?,, 6 The Slump *? ,, 7 title.,Birdlike,.T.W. talks..-

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