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Key work of art: Giant Soft Drum Set (1967) - Claes Oldenburg


A drum is a percussion musical instrument, consisting of a membrane called a drumhead that is stretched taut over a cylindrical tube that is open at the other end. The membrane is struck, either with the hand or with a drumstick, and the tube forms a resonating chamber for the resulting sound. The sound of a drum depends on how the drum is constructed.

In most popular music and jazz, drums usually refers to a drum kit or set of drums, and drummer to the band member or person who plays them.

In the past, drums were used as a means of communication. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum [Jun 2005]


  • Joe Claussell
  • Manny Oquendo Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquino
  • Candido Jingo!
  • Tony Allen Fela Kuti's drummer
  • Earl Young (Philly, Salsoul)
  • Larry Washington (RIP)
  • Olatunji Jingo!
  • Billy Cobham
  • Sly Dunbar
  • Daniel Ponce
  • Idris Muhammed
  • Airto Moreira
  • Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers)

    Give the Drummers Some!: The Great Drummers of R&B, Funk & Soul (1996) - Jim Payne, Harry Weinger

    Give the Drummers Some!: The Great Drummers of R&B, Funk & Soul (1996) - Jim Payne, Harry Weinger (Editor) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    List of breaks

  • Amen break
  • "Soul Pride" by James Brown (1969)
  • "Tighten Up" by James Brown (1969)
  • "Fencewalk" by Mandrill, used by Kool DJ Herc (ibid)
  • "Funky Nassau" by The Beginning of the End (ibid)
  • "Funky drummer" by James Brown (ibid)
  • The Meters (ibid)
  • Creative Source (ibid)
  • The JBS (Toop, 1991)
  • The Blackbyrds (ibid)
  • Last Poets (ibid)
  • "Scratchin'" by Magic Disco Machine (ibid)
  • "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey (ibid)
  • "Super Sperm" by Captain Sky (ibid)
  • "Mardi Gras" by Bob James, cover of Paul Simon's "Take Me to The Mardi Gras". Used by The Crash Crew on "Breaking Bells (Take Me To the Mardi Gras". (ibid)
  • "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango (ibid)
  • "Easy Dancin'" by Wagadu-Gu (ibid)
  • "In The Bottle" by Gil Scott-Heron (ibid)
  • "Apache" by the Incredible Bongo Band. Used by Kool DJ Herc, The Sugarhill Gang in "Apache", West Street Mob in "Break Dancin' - Electric Boogie". (ibid)
  • Mickey Mouse Club Theme (ibid)
  • "C Is For Cookie" (ibid)
  • TeeVee Toons' Television's Greatest Hits Vols. 1-3 (ibid)
  • "Think (about it)" by Lynn Colins

    --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_%28music%29 [Mar 2005]

    see also: breaks - drummer

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