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Great Grooves from the History of R&B:

Daniel Glass: "Tipitina" - Professor Longhair - 1953
NEW ORLEANS R&B: The Latin Influence
Drummer: Earl Palmer - bpm 102

Joyful, spiritual, soulful, funky, downright stanky - even if some of these terms didn't exist in the '50s, they all apply when it comes to the incredible sounds that emerged from New Orleans during the early R&B era. With a rich cultural heritage that blends European, African, and Carribean rhythms, it is no surprise that the Crescent City's contribution to R&B music was deep and lasting.

On the classic Longhair track, "Tipitina", the rhumba pattern is played in the bass drum, giving it that syncopated (a.k.a. "funky") New Orleans feel. The way this groove moves, you'd think you were listening to some funk track from the '60s or '70s! The fact that these grooves put the timekeeping on the snare drum (as opposed to the hi-hat) is indicative of another New Orleans tradition; second line and parade drumming.

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