if anyone needs to know my credibility playing jazz , please check this out :


and my thirty years living in brazil after new york are reflected in my co owned record lable , bons ritmos , which you can check out some of the cds in their entirety here :


this is about how i found out from studying ketu candomble rhythms , to improve my brazilian rhythm drum set playing , that the history of jazz rhythms evolution is laid out like a blueprint in these ketu beats. and that bell parts reflected phrasing in jazz soloists and compositions.

if you really get these hookups, you cant listen to the history of jazz the same way ever again.

its not that jazz musicians studied ketu candomble , its that it reflects that afro descendants in brazil, who were in far greater numbers, codified their roots in music and religion in candomble. these ancient african concepts are in all aspects of their lives not just religion, but, in brazil, its in the candomble that you see how these afro desencants preserved their culture , so the rhythms and dances are preserved. in the usa, afro desendants brought over in slavery, were banned from practicing their culture, but it was done in secret and hidden. so, when rag and jazz were developing and drums were invented, all these what i call now, ketu codes came pouring out.

all instruments can benafit from checking this out, but, drums can really get centered on what groove , swing and the history of our instrument is all about