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Riddim: Claves of African Origin
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This book documents many of the pathways that Billy has taken to find his unique voice. The claves in this book are keys to playing authentic based rhythms and improvising on them. Learning different clave rhythms is similar to jazz musicians learning chord changes, voicings, and scale patterns which enable them to improvise on songs. Drummers are no different. The claves contained in this book open up rhythmic subdivisions, substitutions and a much wider vocabulary to draw upon than playing static beats. Call them systems, bell patterns, or claves, be assured that there is….

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Afro-Cuban Jazz : Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion
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(Book). Through anecdotal biographies and evocative photos, this book by jazz author extraordinaire Scott Yanow portrays every key Afro-Cuban Jazz innovator past and present, plus other jazz artists influenced by this infectious music. Also includes reviews and ratings of recordings that make (or don’t make) the cut, and essays packed with historical insight not found in other guides. Musicians covered include: Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo, Machito, Poncho Sanchez, Chucho Valdes, Arturo Sandoval, Mongo Santamaria, Gato Barbieri, Eddie Palmieri, and many more.