This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the February 2016 issue, which is available here.
Around The World
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.”
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.
For the complete lesson with transcriptions, check out the February 2016 issue, which is available here.