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Second Line; 100 Years of New Orleans Drumming
by Anton Aukes

Anton Aukes has given us a fine addition to the work: a handbook, a compendium of sorts, telling the history and naming the people and patterns which were so instrumental in spreading this influence of New Orleans around the planet.

This book stands up well to multiple readings, and is really good for reference.

This wonderful book on New Orleans drumming goes all the way back to the days of the early parades and brass bands of New Orleans. The reader is shown how these beginnings gave birth to styles which evolved into all the modern rock, jazz, and blues drumset styles of today.. Through This book we hear of Jim Mukes and Black Benny and Hungry Williams and John Boudreaux, in addition to the better known New Orleans players like Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Earl Palmer, and Zig Modeliste.

Everyone has heard how the drumset was born, as it were, in New Orleans, but this book actually takes you there, through the steps from when there were three drummers in the parade, through the period of double drumming to the first drum set players.

For more info on this book/CD set, visit NEWORLEANSDRUMMING.COM

Eric Stuer, 2005

If you are seeking to learn all about percussion history, styles, and techniques in new Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and of drumset, these products are your best bet.

New Orleans Drumming - The DVD


This DVD is probably the best resource available on the subject of neworlans style drumming. Formerly a three-video boxed set, now available in one DVD featuring over two hours of footage from the original programs which include: Johnny Vidacovich/Street Beats: Modern Applications * Herlin Riley/Ragtime and Beyond: Evolution of a Style * Earl Palmer and Herman Ernest/From R&B to Funk. Johnny covers parade beats and street beats and applying them as grooves to the kit. His playing blends New Orleans parade beats with funk, reggae with second line, and Dixieland with modern jazz. The great band performances on this video feature some of New Orleans' best musicians. Herlin with Wynton Marsalis, explores the history of the drum set as it relates to the development of jazz drumming, from ragtime to modern jazz. Beginning with military styles and moving through ragtime to jazz, he focuses on the most important features of each style. Earl demonstrates the R&B style helped create which includes shuffles, second line-influenced grooves and rock 'n' roll. Herman performs several tunes that reflect the rich, unique character of New Orleans funk. Both styles feature performances with a band.




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Here's the finely done intro to the Aukes book, by Dr. John:

This 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.

Dr. John (Mac Rebennack)



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