This is an improvisational Take-Two of another spontaneous solo excerpt (blemishes and all) that focuses on the left quadrant of my drum kit. Again, it features the timbales, which have always been my favorite Latin Percussion instrument. This “pre-meditated” improv approach I sometimes like to use is explained below:
I never try to structure a drum solo in any kind of note-by-note way. However, if I’m going to be recording a solo, one of two things usually happens:
1. I will just go completely off the cuff for each pass and let each take stand on its own as a completely improvised piece.
2. I’ll take one complete pass of the solo completely improvised. Then, if I dug it, I’ll make a mental note about what some of my favorite parts of that first take were, then take a second pass at it and try to integrate some of those favorite parts. What I usually wind up with is a series of takes that are all similar in structure, and share many of the same riffs, but yet each have their own vibe.
The above solo was a second take. For the sake of quick reference, here is take one, as featured on this blog back in August as “Timbale Jam.”