This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the February 2016 issue, which is available here.

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Diddling the Baião

Gary Novak on Chick Corea’s “Discovery”

Over the years, Chick Corea’s bands have featured a lot of great drumming talent. Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Roy Haynes, Jeff Ballard—all of these players brought exciting rhythms to the drumming world. We’re going to focus on a song from Corea’s Time Warp record featuring Gary Novak on drums. More precisely, we’ll take a look at the groove he played on the song “Discovery.”

The Baiaó
Novak’s groove is based on the Brazilian baião rhythm, which can be described as a cousin to the samba. Baião is mostly defined by its ostinato foot pattern, which differs from samba.

Check out the video lesson below.

Daniel Bédard

For the complete lesson with transcriptions, check out the February 2016 issue, which is available here.

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