People have been asking me for literally years to make a lesson about Eric Harland. But I wasn't sure how to approach it. Should I transcribe a solo from Aaron Goldberg's trio? Should I outline a track on Aaron Parks' album? As it turns out, I'll be giving you your first taste of Eric a little more off-the-cuff. From 2007-2010 Eric was practically the only modern jazz drummer I listened to. I was obsessed with capturing what he was doing. Those of you who pay attention will recall I wasn't even any good back in 2010, before I discovered the core concepts I now teach in my courses.
But that Eric vocabulary stuck with me, and now that I have better time and improvisational flow, I can execute it a lot better.
In this week's less, I explore an Eric approach to playing over slow swing, while thinking of it as 12/8, or, in this case, 21/8.
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For the comments/reply: what’s your favorite Eric recording?