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Its A Jazz Thing

Its A Jazz Thing

It’s A Jazz Thing contains 41 jazz drum tracks exploring iconic grooves within jazz music. Tempos range from 60 bpm to 360 bpm. It encompasses basic swing patterns on both brushes and sticks at various tempos and covers a wide range of styles from early swing and big band drumming through Bebop, Cool Jazz, Hardbop, Latin Jazz and it’s more contemporary applications.

Close attention to detail was essential in creating each drum track so that they replicate the original recordings as accurately as possible. The drums and cymbals were selected and tuned accordingly whilst the touch and feel are clearly captured.

Some of the drummers that inspired this collection include Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Sonny Payne, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Irv Cottler, Art Taylor, Joe Morello, Vernel Fournier, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Mel Lewis, Steve Gadd, Jimmy Cobb and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts to name a few.

All drum tracks were played by David Dyson who frequently plays at Ronnie Scotts amongst others. We used two variations of David’s Japanese Sakae Trilogy kit. These kits are lightweight and a perfect kit for classic Jazz tones of the 50’s. The first kit was a 5 piece kit with a larger kick drum and low tuned drums providing a more muffled Big Band sound. The second variation was a typical 4 piece BeBop variation which was tuned higher providing more open resonant tones.

The kits were recorded at Livingston Studio 1 using the brighter live room. The tracks were produced and mixed by Matt Lawrence.

“As many of you will know, a commonly tried-and-trusted mic’ing approach to a Jazz kit is, “less is more”. There is often little need for anything more than three or four mics, either employing the Glyn Johns method, or a mono overhead with a spot mic on the kick to help with low end power and snare mic to help with definition of the delicate grace notes.

With a well balanced and properly tuned drum kit, and a great drummer who plays evenly over the whole kit, the sound should be already balanced there in the room - just capture that!

Amongst the hefty list of mics I used, the 3 mic sound is there and available to all who wish to use the multi-tracks to achieve it. I wanted to give more options and to cover bases; whilst some of these really authentic sounding loops work in isolation, I would like you to have the option of moulding them to fit your song - this might involve a little embellishment or focus when in the mix with other instruments. I also wanted to give a few room mics to give you some crazy options and ambience to go nuts with!

It’s worth also noting that the biggest choice we made first was where to place the kit in the studio, we tried it in a few places and in both of the main rooms at Livingston, recorded (3 mics) in each, then listened back to the results (without knowing which was which) - David and I both had the same first choice so that was an easy decision.”

For the Mixes we provide some tracks with close mic variations and some with no close mics (such as hi-hat and toms) to offer a more traditional jazz sounding kit.

We recorded most of the drum tracks on to a Studer 2” tape machine using a 16- track head-block for a nice analogue phat sound. The drum tracks with brushes were recorded straight to Pro Tools to reduce any tape noise.

All fourty one drum tracks can be purchased individually as multi-tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed), drum loop packs or MP3 practice tracks. (The drum loops are coming soon). The Multi-tracks come as full length live multi-tracks and locked song construction loops. The live multi-tracks include a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We also provide patches for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live. The audio files come as 24 Bit WAVs. The Multi-track Song Loops are locked to the beat and cut into song structures such as Intro, chorus, verse, middle 8, Bridge and Outro.

The Stems and mix packs contain groups of the drums or individual drum tracks such as kick and snare as well as reverbs for quick and easy mix balancing and come as full length 24 bit WAVs. These live drum stems also come with a tempo map. The Stem and Mix packs also include the song construction loops (but mixed versions) which contain the locked to the beat song sections.

The loop packs (coming soon) contain a folder of grooves and fills. We have included as many useful loops that we can get from each drum track. The loops come formatted as 24 bit and 16 bit WAVs, Apple Loops and Rex 2 Files.

The MP3 Practice Tracks contain a mix of of each drum track and they come with and without a count in which makes them perfect for jamming to.

Each drum track can be purchased individually or if you buy the album (in any format) you get a great discount off the complete price.


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Title Description Genre
DDJT 360 JAZZ 21
Brush pattern at a breakneck speed on the snare drum mostly but with exciting and polyrhythmic fills at times. Jazz 360 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 360 JAZZ 10
This ride cymbal pattern is at breakneck speed with interspersed snare drum phrase hits that compliment the persistent ride cymbal, alla Tony Williams. Jazz 360 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 320 JAZZ 20
A pulsating 4-feel with plenty of forward momentum. The bass is gradually introduced and the snare fills often syncopated. Brief moments are soloing around the set. The effects of rolling the brushes forward and backwards creates an exciting texture. Jazz 320 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 320 JAZZ 09
The triplet cymbal beat is almost straight as a result of the fast tempo. The dialogue between the set is reminiscent of Philly Joe Jones. Separate hat and ride tracks on the multi-track. Jazz 320 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 292 JAZZ 34
John Coltrane "Giant Steps" Taken from Coltrane’s album ‘Giant Steps’ (1960). Art Taylor uptempo bebop swing features busy comping patterns between the snare and bass drum complimenting the pulsating ride cymbal pattern. It briefly starts on the hi hats but soon moves to the ride cymbal. This track is high energy with plenty of hits and rhythmic pushes. Separate hi hat and ride tracks on the multi-track. Jazz 292 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 280 JAZZ 19
Standard brush pattern. A lively swing groove with a bebop vocabulary between the bass drum and hi-hat. Towards the end of the track the swing is played on the floor tom which gives a slightly deeper resonance. Jazz 280 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 280 JAZZ 08
This jazz ride cymbal pattern is played on all cymbals in this track. This isolation is ideal for looping sections. The fills are playful and the snare drum press rolls towards the ends are akin to the great Baby Dodds. Separate hat and ride track on the multi-track. Jazz 280 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 240 JAZZ 18
Standard brush pattern. An up-tempo jazz swing with a punchy syncopated bass drum part. Tasteful fills on the snare gradually incorporate the toms and cymbals. Jazz 240 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 240 JAZZ 07
Standard swing pattern. This starts with a bouncy hi-hat swing with fills, moving to the ride cymbal, 18” crash ride and china. The entire kit is used to full effect in this track including a tom tom flurry and almost backbeat groove towards the end. Separate hat and ride tracks on the multi-track. Jazz 240 M S L P Info Save Favourite
DDJT 220 JAZZ 40
Chet Baker, Stan Getz "I’ll remember April". An alternating Latin jazz mambo influenced ride bell cascara including a snare cross stick and hi tom. Like the record there are passages of straight jazz ride cymbal swing. The comping is typical of bebop. Separate ride, floor, rim track on the multi-track. Jazz 220 M S L P Info Save Favourite

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