Second Line

100 Years of New Orleans Drumming Bk & CD

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Item# JDR052
Bk & CD: $ 29.95
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Foreword to 'SECOND LINE' by DR. JOHN (Mac Rebennack): This 150 page book is essential to any drummer interested in New Orleans drummin': it covers the fundamental second line and fonk styles. SECOND LINE begins with the traditional brass band use of the bass drum and cymbal, where the various snare players play 'on the clave' and other syncopated feels. The book then explains the evolution of two-beats, timerolls and sock cymbals, into the early forms of jazz, as played by the great drummers like Paul Barbarin, Zutty Singleton and Baby Dodds. These cats majorly influenced the shape of rhythm to come.

There's a great understanding in Aukes' writing, of Earl Palmer's massive contribution to the rhythm and blues and rock and roll of New Orleans, beginning in the 1950's and '60's. SECOND LINE shows many of the innovations of Charles 'Hungry' Williams, John Boudreaux, Smokey Johnson, Zigaboo Modeliste and so many more, that contributed to the New Orleans funk scene and great brass band revival.

I personally checked this book over with many of the drummers written about, like Smokey, Idris Muhammad and Herman Ernest. It gives powerful examples of each one of them. SECOND LINE 100 years of New Orleans drumming, follows the branches of the trees of New Orleans drummin' straight from the roots.

New York, 2000 Dr John (Mac Rebennack)