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1 Akil and friends on Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:30 pm

Go here and click on the Akil and friends tab to here a little groove we hit at a Benefit we played for the Ronald McDonald house This past Saturday. It was something we threw together and this is the bass player's (Akil Wemusa) solo section.

Clicking on the arrow right next to the song title will get you the clearest audio.

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2 Re: Akil and friends on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:17 pm

That was a Smoove Groove!

Nice work Don as usual.. D.L.

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3 Re: Akil and friends on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:56 pm

That Don! No wonder Boomer
interjected about him being a
drummer!!

geek

Not only is Don great, he gets
greater!! That dawg!!

What did I tell you about that
snare?! Ay?!

alien


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4 Re: Akil and friends on Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:31 pm

You guys get out!

D.L. and Pete, you guys got the stuff. I'm just a ground squirrel trying to get one of the nuts that fall to the ground, amongst you tree top dwellers that have first pick.

Thank the both of you for your generosity.

Don.

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5 Re: Akil and friends on Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:40 pm

Don
I dig that
love the Snare work.

Made me think of Ndugu.


Keep On Keepin' On



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6 Re: Akil and friends on Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:13 pm

Thanks, Colin. I do what I can, when I can.

Don.

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7 Re: Akil and friends on Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:21 pm

. . . groove like that becomes hypnotic after a while . . . takes patience and maturity not to fly off and just keep it going, knowing all the while the results will be very enjoyable. Extended foreplay . . . musical suspense . . . until you realize it was enough just the way it was . . . no eruption required. Arrow

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8 Re: Akil and friends on Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:47 pm

. . . groove like that becomes hypnotic after a while . . .

That's a great and very true point, Woof... The downside to that is it can also become monotonous. In your opinion, how might we as players keep that from happening in cases such as this?

Thanks for your compliments, Woofman.

D.

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9 Re: Akil and friends on Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:59 pm

Well, if it's good you don't have to worry about monotony. But I suppose it's all in the composition, too. Many musical ways to keep it interesting . . . stops and starts, trading licks, adding color . . . or just ending at the right time and then playing a different kind of tune.

I may have more tolerance than most . . . one day I'd like to make the Guinness Book for longest Christmas medley . . .

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10 Re: Akil and friends on Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:36 am

woofus wrote:Well, if it's good you don't have to worry about monotony. But I suppose it's all in the composition, too. Many musical ways to keep it interesting . . . stops and starts, trading licks, adding color . . . or just ending at the right time and then playing a different kind of tune.

I may have more tolerance than most . . . one day I'd like to make the Guinness Book for longest Christmas medley . . .


or just ending at the right time and then playing a different kind of tune.


That's the answer I like.... Right on the money! Of course there's nothing wrong with your other examples either.

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11 Re: Akil and friends on Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:50 am

I love your backbeat man....! Great playing!! More, more!



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12 Re: Akil and friends on Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:23 pm

Niki wrote:I love your backbeat man....! Great playing!! More, more!



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Niki

You are just too kind, sir.... Hey, Niki, I went to the JazzNetwork to check out the three new tunes you put up and they were the same ones I heard before.

Don.

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13 Re: Akil and friends on Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:48 pm

Hey Don,

Do you know if there's a way to study playing funk on the spot, I mean really finding the right spot for the backbeat and for making it tight, other than just by doing it? As much as I love Funk, I am not really confident in playing it....well, there's not that much Funk here anyway...well, maybe you have an idea!

Strange about the Jazznetwork site...it should work by now, also on the drumnetwork site.


All the best to you and thanks for being a constant supporter/guide of me and my playing for almost 10 years ( affraid ) now!

Niki

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