A Word About Boogaloo

Without saying too much, I’ll can honestly tell y’all that this music, which I like to refer to as boogaloo (call it soul jazz, dance jazz, funky jazz, Latin funk, jazz funk or what have you), changed my life completely.  I had grown up listening to early rock-n-roll, the blues, rhythm & blues, country and most definitely funk…James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Rufus Thomas, etc.  As I got a little older, I started to get into jazz some time in the late 80s, early 90s, when a friend turned me on to boogaloo, and more specifically, a Lou Donaldson record, Alligator Bogaloo.  From that moment, I was hooked.  The drummer on this album, listed as Leo Morris, converted to Islam and changed his name to Idris Muhammad (which he is now known) is one of the baddest cats I’ve ever heard and when I started to study what he was doing, how he was phrasing underneath these solos, his swing…everything just clicked, right down to the very tones of his drums.  I felt like I’d finally found something that was going to help guide me and put me on the path to discovering my own sound.  Listen to this…

Anyhow, I said I wouldn’t talk too much, so here is a quick video (my first attempt with my new Flip camera!) showing you a basic boogaloo pattern… [very] loosely based on Idris’ groove on the title track of this album.  Hope you like it and stay tuned for more to come.  Peace.


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