Norm

Norm

Juz Norm

46 tracks by Norm

Percussion grooves. As always, live and acoustic. Just me and the TASCAM digital 8 track recorder. Working it out, skin-on-skin.

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Just another obscure saint. Not much known about him. Probably much more important and significant than any of us will ever realize. Oh, yeah, and then there is Saint Simon. Same thing for him. RIP Alex. 3 Congas, Vintage Bass Cocktail…read more
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In case you are in the mood today to kick some ass with Mike and me. Congas, Vintage Bass Cocktail Drum, Bongos, and (of course) Cowbell. Concept=>Drive=>Plan=>Engagement. 6/8
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Cardboard box, congas, shekeré, kokiriko, no metronome.
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Based on a Yoruba Obàtálá pattern, which I hope Greg doesn't find underhanded. Congas and cowbell. 4/4 160bpm.
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Ah! My favorite Saint. Tuned Congas, glass-beaded shekere and bass cajon. 4/4. BPM? Heaven knows. Had the headphones blissfully off for this one.
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The chorus of this groove is in 5/4 and the verse in 9/4. You can hear me fall apart at the very end… guess I got worried. Lyrics: *Try not to get worried* *I am with you always* *Try not to get worried* *And don’t forget* *Simply…read more
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This is one stereo track of 6 conga drums tuned, by ear, to roughly a chromatic scale (I don't know which one - perhaps I've gone micro-tonal!) coupled with a single track of ad-lib quinto (the high drum) and a "shuffle" groove on trap-set…read more
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This is a “cross-over” pattern. Cross-over patterns are a type of enharmonic polymeter, where 2 rhythms with different numbers of beats/measure are played at the same tempo: the measures do not line up each time. These rhythms have measures…read more
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For this Mother's Day week, a conga improvisation dedicated to Saint Monica and all the other mothers who surreptitiously provide for and incessantly pray for their children. Thanks Mom! ** this could really use a tasty melody to go with…read more
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Conga improvisation. 4/4 ?bpm
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I hope he likes funk. 4/4 200bpm
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A 7/8 improvisation on a set of 3 Bata drums, accented with afucha, tube shekere and cowbell. The number 7 is a symbol for perfection or completeness: 7 colors in a rainbow, 7 musical notes in a scale, 7 days = a week, etc. In Cuba, the…read more
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Long drum solos aren't for everyone - I get it. Just do what many at Grateful Dead concerts did and look at it as an opportunity to go get another beer. On the other hand, if you are the sort of person who cheers at the fireworks show, I hope…read more
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*Pilón* reveals a Cuban pattern, traditionally played on Timbales, but in this case on Jr. Congas & Congas (with gated reverberation and flanger effect). The rhythm of Pilón is based on the motions of pounding sugar cane. A new son reveals…read more
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Merengues are fast arrangements with a 2/4 beat, originating from the Dominican Republic. The traditional instrumentation includes a "güira" (guiro), which is a percussion instrument that sounds like a scrapper. The Merengue güira is a cylinder…read more
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There are 3 styles of the Rumba Guáguánco pattern: this one originates from the Cuban province of Matanzas (to the east of Havana). “Rumba” is a Spanish term for a gathering of musicians, singers & dancers (what West Africans refer to…read more
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The berimbau is a Brazilian instrument associated with Capoeira, which is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music. It was created in Brazil mainly by descendants of African slaves with Brazilian native…read more
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The island of Cuba was a Spanish possession for almost 400 years (1511-1898). The land-owning elite held social and economic power, supported by slaves, both indigenous and of South American and African descent, until slavery was abolished…read more
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Ilesa is a city located in the south west of Nigeria. This is a traditional rhythm pattern of the same name - but I'm not sure of the significance of the name. I played on 3 congas, accented with bell clave, block and cowbell, of course…read more
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And then came a lion... Conga / Harmonica (key of D) improvisation. 4/4 90bpm
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Here's proof. Proof that things are a bit mysterious in my studio. Late last night my Bass Cajon all of a sudden decided to start accompanying me on its own - without me touching it. At first I thought that some apparitional bass player had…read more
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At a recent charity event held in my small town's train museum, I was admiring a massive brass train bell when the curator walked up to me. I commented that a bell would really rather be heard then seen, and he agreed. I offered to digitally record…read more
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This spooky track utilizes the "Paulstretch" program to stretch recordings of gongs, chimes and bells to 8.04 times their native length: no other effects were made to these acoustic recordings other than to stretch them. The gongs utilized are…read more
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A single track of improvised chromatically tuned congas in 7/8, accented with clave, guiro, cajon and quinto. (For those who may be interested in collaborating on this, the triplet phrasing of this groove may be most easily counted like this…read more
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This traditional Cuban rhythm is the well established "go-to" pattern for 4/4 songs. It is perhaps the most commonly heard conga pattern in 4/4 music. The bongo pattern that accompanies the congas is referred to as "martillo" (the hammer…read more
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Here's to Johnny! Gifted composer. Talented musician. Supportive friend. 127 songs of posted AT rockin' goodness, posted from 2008-2011: the Stone Age! Thanks for all of the tasty tunes Johnny. 5/4 120bpm.read more
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Faith is assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. When Faith goes to the market, it always takes a basket. The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of faith is the end of anxiety. [George Mueller…read more
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"High Life" is a musical genre that originated in Ghana in the 1900s and spread to Sierra Leone, Nigeria and other West African countries by 1920. My friends from that part of the world consider this be the "go-to" rhythm for just about anything…read more
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"Afoxe" is a rhythm played by carnival groups from Bahia in Northeastern Brazil. It is named after an instrument that is traditionally used to play this pattern: an afoxe is a beaded gourd; aka "shekere". In this rendition, I replaced the shaker…read more
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A 3 track improvisation on 7 congas roughly tuned by ear to a chromatic scale. LYRICS: I walked a mile with Pleasure; She chatted all the way; But left me none the wiser For all she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow, And ne…read more
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As I had nothing better to do last night, I had this great idea that I would construct a rhythm for the 24 hour challenge. This would be different: a 24 minute drum solo (I mean, who wouldn't love that?). I even had a perfect bass riff: the "Mother…read more
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Stealin' Pumpkins off the vine... Such good fun I do it all the time. Single Gon Bops conga track miced for heavy bass. And 2 tracks of cow bell, of course. 4/4 200bpm
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A Gon Bops conga improvisation with a cross-over rhythm. No tan lines. 4/4 200bpm.
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My Gon-Bops congas getting to know my new space. 180bpm. Gated & Phased. As in phased-out.
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This is the very last of the stink recorded in my old studio. A spontaneous improvisation on Congas and Bata drums (dressed ceremonially with bells).
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As chance had it, I found myself in an acoustically great room, full of cajons! Well, they were unfinished cabinets actually, but they had lovely tones. Since this is the stuff dreams are made of, I had no choice but to seize the opportunity and…read more
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Abakua refers to a secret, Afro-Cuban, male society of percussionists - as I understand it, one had to be initiated into this society before they would be taught how to play percussion in their style. One of their hallmarks is to impose what I…read more
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So, what's "Fly"? This. Bass Cajon; tambourine; congas; cymbals. 4/4 180bpm.
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If you have the fever and the only cure is more tambourine, here it is. MORE TAMBOURINE SOLOS!! (But you should probably wait until you have the house to yourself...)
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Rumba Columbia is a traditional Cuban pattern in 6: the "go-to" pattern for 12/8 - if you have only heard one Afro-Cuban rhythm in 12/8, this is probably it. As an energetic Afro-Cuban dance, Rumba was often suppressed and restricted because it…read more
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This is a 3/16 Bembe on tuned congas, played with mallets. I've arranged it (at the very kind suggestion of Vaisvil & ReefWalker) in a verse/chorus/bridge/capo fashion to get away from a straight pattern - I think this sort of arrangement…read more
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Improvisation on congas and very fragile, clay Moroccan bongos (which my brother found for me from an African display at some zoo!). These bongos are basically clay pots with permanent, very thin goat skins stretched over the top - they can not…read more
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Conga improvisation. It could really use some vintage surf-style guitar work... 4/8 180bpm.
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Conga improvisation. 4/4 200bpm
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Perhaps you could use a little fatherly advice? Well here it is! Chording improvisation on 7 different conga drums tuned to an octave and set to 3-2 rumba clave. LYRICS Lookie here hot-shot: a silent fool is half a wise-man And there…read more
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Improvisation on Gon-Bops congas, while thinking of future days gone by. 4/4 180bpm. LYRICS A cool wind brings the fall And the season starts to change. Outside the sky's steel grey. Inside my heart is too. And I don't know how to…read more
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Juz Alex

2 tracks by Norm

Kokou Yemey plays ancient West African rhythms.

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Caveat emptor: I did absolutely none of the drumming in this piece. WORLD PREMIER! FIRST RECORDING OF THIS PATTERN - EVER! My friend Kokou "Alex" Yemey called me a few days ago with some urgency in his voice: "I must record this before…read more
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Caveat emptor: I did absolutely none of the drumming in this piece. ANOTHER WORLD PREMIER! FIRST RECORDING OF THIS PATTERN - EVER! My friend Kokou "Alex" Yemey delighted me with another visit this evening. He played "Aju" - all 5 tracks…read more
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