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Great Grooves from the History of R&B: Double Shuffle

Daniel Glass : "No Particular Place To Go" - Chuck Berry - 1964
Drummer: Odie Payne - bpm 130

Early R&B never sounded more down and dirty than in Chicago during the '50s. Artists like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Howlin' Wolf all came to Chicago from the deep South, and their approach to the blues differed greatly from the swing-based jump of Louis Jordan or the pop-oriented sound of other '50s R&B. Muddy, the Wolf and other country bluesmen followed their own set of rules, and were not necessarily concerned with slick horn arrangements, elaborate chord progressions or even following a strict 12-bar format. Their concept of the blues was based on a feeling-primitive, driving, relentless and hypnotic. Songs were often improvised on the spot or changed from night to night depending on the artist's mood.

The "Double Shuffle" - so called because both hands are pumping out the shuffle feel at the same time. Odie Payne was a master of this groove, and you can hear it to great effect on Chuck Berry's classic "No Particular Place To Go"
More from this book here on Drummerworld:

NEW ORLEANS R&B: "Tipitina" - Professor Longhair

NEW ORLEANS R&B: "I'm Walkin" - Fats Domino

CHICAGO BLUES: The : "No Particular Place to go" - Chuck Berry

TEXAS BLUES: Texas Shuffle: "Cold Shot" - Stevie Ray Vaughn

FAUX RUMBA: "What'd I Say" - Ray Charles

THE DOUBLE SHUFFLE: "Keep A-Knockin" - Little Richard

PLAY-ALONG: "Chillin" - Style: Texas Shuffle

PLAY-ALONG: "Spellbound" - Style: 12/8 Feel