a ride cymbal can splash and shake
but can’t go psst! pssst!
the way a hi-hat can
and what the difference
is between grace notes
and ghost notes
and how fingers
can do a cross stick backbeat
all in a 16th note shuffle
and why oh why oh why do
jazz lovers scorn drum machines ...
... then percussion master Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is here to explain it all:
yeaaahh ... pssst! psssst!And a short poem from Langston Hughes:
|Langston Hughes on front steps of|
his home in Harlem, 1958.
Robert W. Kelley/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
(To a Black Dancer in "The Little Savoy")
Of the jazz-tuned night,
Sweet as purple dew,
Like the pillows of all sweet dreams,
The grapes of joy
And dripped their juice