“Urban” drumming and more

Today’s post is a video and article that I found at http://www.sonicstate.com featuring drummer J. LaToiya.

The Roots performing live, excellent photo taken by Kyle Johnson, http://www.fubiz.net/galleries/set/kyle-johnson/Listening to the style of the drumming is actually very reminiscent of many electric-jazz or fusion style players (like Mike Stern or Allan Holdsworth’s bands).   And, while it is distinctly different in sound from Hip-hop and R&B, there are some similarities in the funky drum beats that they share.  Jazz is challenging to players of a melodic instruments, but drumming to this music allows you to experiment with beats and rhythms that you might not get to explore in other settings.  If you like these styles, be sure to check out Jack DeJohnette, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta.  There are many more excellent ones, but these can get you started 🙂
Another drummer who seems to be doing very well in his music career is QuestLove (a.k.a Ahmir Khalib Thompson or ?uestlove) who you can see regularly as a member of The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The featured drummer in the video is J. LaToiya Hester and she is promoting a tutorial/instructional video.
“We teach you the basic concepts of licks, tricks, fills, gospel, R&B, soul, hip-hop, and how to apply the proper techniques.”
Enjoy the video sample:

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