It's A Jazz Thing


Format | Multitrack Session

It's A Jazz Thing



Multitrack Session

  • Product Description

      It’s A Jazz Thing contains 41 jazz drum tracks exploring iconic grooves within jazz music. Tempos range from 60 bpm to 360 bpm. It encompasses basic swing patterns on both brushes and sticks at various tempos and covers a wide range of styles from early swing and big band drumming through Bebop, Cool Jazz, Hardbop, Latin Jazz and it’s more contemporary applications.

      Close attention to detail was essential in creating each drum track so that they replicate the original recordings as accurately as possible. The drums and cymbals were selected and tuned accordingly whilst the touch and feel are clearly captured.

      Some of the drummers that inspired this collection include Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Sonny Payne, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Irv Cottler, Art Taylor, Joe Morello, Vernel Fournier, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Mel Lewis, Steve Gadd, Jimmy Cobb and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts to name a few.

      All drum tracks were played by David Dyson who frequently plays at Ronnie Scotts amongst others. We used two variations of David’s Japanese Sakae Trilogy kit. These kits are lightweight and a perfect kit for classic Jazz tones of the 50’s. The first kit was a 5 piece kit with a larger kick drum and low tuned drums providing a more muffled Big Band sound. The second variation was a typical 4 piece BeBop variation which was tuned higher providing more open resonant tones.

      The kits were recorded at Livingston Studio 1 using the brighter live room. The tracks were produced and mixed by Matt Lawrence.

      “As many of you will know, a commonly tried-and-trusted mic’ing approach to a Jazz kit is, “less is more”. There is often little need for anything more than three or four mics, either employing the Glyn Johns method, or a mono overhead with a spot mic on the kick to help with low end power and snare mic to help with definition of the delicate grace notes.

      With a well balanced and properly tuned drum kit, and a great drummer who plays evenly over the whole kit, the sound should be already balanced there in the room - just capture that!

      Amongst the hefty list of mics I used, the 3 mic sound is there and available to all who wish to use the multi-tracks to achieve it. I wanted to give more options and to cover bases; whilst some of these really authentic sounding loops work in isolation, I would like you to have the option of moulding them to fit your song - this might involve a little embellishment or focus when in the mix with other instruments. I also wanted to give a few room mics to give you some crazy options and ambience to go nuts with!

      It’s worth also noting that the biggest choice we made first was where to place the kit in the studio, we tried it in a few places and in both of the main rooms at Livingston, recorded (3 mics) in each, then listened back to the results (without knowing which was which) - David and I both had the same first choice so that was an easy decision.”

      For the Mixes we provide some tracks with close mic variations and some with no close mics (such as hi-hat and toms) to offer a more traditional jazz sounding kit.

      We recorded most of the drum tracks on to a Studer 2” tape machine using a 16- track head-block for a nice analogue phat sound. The drum tracks with brushes were recorded straight to Pro Tools to reduce any tape noise.

      All fourty one drum tracks can be purchased as multi-tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed), drum loop packs or MP3 practice tracks. (The drum loops are coming soon). The Multi-tracks come as full length live multi-tracks and locked song construction loops. The live multi-tracks include a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We also provide patches for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live. The audio files come as 24 Bit WAVs. The Multi-track Song Loops are locked to the beat and cut into song structures such as Intro, chorus, verse, middle 8, Bridge and Outro.

      The Stems and mix packs contain groups of the drums or individual drum tracks such as kick and snare as well as reverbs for quick and easy mix balancing and come as full length 24 bit WAVs. These live drum stems also come with a tempo map. The Stem and Mix packs also include the song construction loops (but mixed versions) which contain the locked to the beat song sections.

      The loop packs contain a folder of grooves and fills. We have included as many useful loops that we can get from each drum track. The loops come formatted as 24 bit and 16 bit WAVs, Apple Loops and Rex 2 Files.

  • Product Details
    • Variant: Multitrack Session
    • SKU: DDA7415JTMS
    • Product Type: Drum Tracks

In Depth

MP3 Samples

Track List


1: DDJT 360 JAZZ 21



Brush pattern at a breakneck speed on the snare drum mostly but with exciting and polyrhythmic fills at times.



Tempo: 360






2: DDJT 360 JAZZ 10



This ride cymbal pattern is at breakneck speed with interspersed snare drum phrase hits that compliment the persistent ride cymbal, alla Tony Williams.



Tempo: 360






3: DDJT 320 JAZZ 20



A pulsating 4-feel with plenty of forward momentum. The bass is gradually introduced and the snare fills often syncopated. Brief moments are soloing around the set. The effects of rolling the brushes forward and backwards creates an exciting texture.



Tempo: 320






4: DDJT 320 JAZZ 09



The triplet cymbal beat is almost straight as a result of the fast tempo. The dialogue between the set is reminiscent of Philly Joe Jones. Separate hat and ride tracks on the multi-track.



Tempo: 320






5: DDJT 292 JAZZ 34



John Coltrane "Giant Steps" Taken from Coltrane’s album ‘Giant Steps’ (1960). Art Taylor uptempo bebop swing features busy comping patterns between the snare and bass drum complimenting the pulsating ride cymbal pattern. It briefly starts on the hi hats but soon moves to the ride cymbal. This track is high energy with plenty of hits and rhythmic pushes. Separate hi hat and ride tracks on the multi-track.



Tempo: 292












6: DDJT 280 JAZZ 19



Standard brush pattern. A lively swing groove with a bebop vocabulary between the bass drum and hi-hat. Towards the end of the track the swing is played on the floor tom which gives a slightly deeper resonance.



Tempo: 280






7: DDJT 280 JAZZ 08



This jazz ride cymbal pattern is played on all cymbals in this track. This isolation is ideal for looping sections. The fills are playful and the snare drum press rolls towards the ends are akin to the great Baby Dodds. Separate hat and ride track on the multi-track.



Tempo: 280






8: DDJT 240 JAZZ 18



Standard brush pattern. An up-tempo jazz swing with a punchy syncopated bass drum part. Tasteful fills on the snare gradually incorporate the toms and cymbals.



Tempo: 240









9: DDJT 240 JAZZ 07



Standard swing pattern. This starts with a bouncy hi-hat swing with fills, moving to the ride cymbal, 18” crash ride and china. The entire kit is used to full effect in this track including a tom tom flurry and almost backbeat groove towards the end. Separate hat and ride tracks on the multi-track.



Tempo: 240






10: DDJT 220 JAZZ 40



Chet Baker, Stan Getz "I’ll remember April". An alternating Latin jazz mambo influenced ride bell cascara including a snare cross stick and hi tom. Like the record there are passages of straight jazz ride cymbal swing. The comping is typical of bebop. Separate ride, floor, rim track on the multi-track.



Tempo: 220






11: DDJT 220 JAZZ 06



This track experiments with all cymbals separately and has a jump jive feel to it. Ideal for uptempo swing dancing. Each part of the kit is gradually introduced and towards the ends there’s a hint of Gene Krupa’s Sing, Sing, Sing. Separate hat and ride tracks on the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 220






12: DDJT 215 JAZZ 30



Gene Krupa "Sing Sing Sing" - Benny Goodman's 1937 recording features Gene Krupa's pulsating tom-tom groove with alternating swinging open hi-hat passages with a snare backbeat. The opening floor Tom jungle pattern features short interspersed splash cymbal markers and flurried Tom Tom fills.



Tempo: 215






13: DDJT 200 JAZZ 17



A medium-up tempo swing played with brushes, a lively jump-jive feel but understated and delicate fills that compliment the mood and flow of the track.



Tempo: 200






14: DDJT 200 JAZZ 05



A jazz ride cymbal pattern starting on the china cymbal moving to the ride in a shuffle feel. The comping between the bass drum and snare becomes busy and eventually ends with a tom tom jungle groove and a climatic fill. Seperate hat and ride tracks on the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 200






15: DDJT 191 JAZZ 38



Ahmed Jamal "Poinciana". Vernel Fournier’s iconic swinging off-beat cymbal pattern incorporating the tom-tom drums at a quiet dynamic. The snares are off. It is a 2 bar pattern, the start of which is marked by a delicate bass drum stroke. The offbeat pattern becomes increasingly present and played on the ride bell with the tip of the stick. Separate snare, toms, ride and hi hat tracks on the multi-track.



Tempo: 191









16: DDJT 190 JAZZ 35



Bill Evans "Someday My Prince Will Come". A gentle 3/4 swing pattern on brushes to start gradually moving to sticks on the ride. The pattern emphasises the dotted crotchet pulse at times with the hi-hat on beat 2. At times the track contains many polyrhythmic fills. Separate ride and hi hat tracks in the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 190






17: DDJT 180 JAZZ 04



A jazz ride cymbal pattern starting on the china cymbal moving to the hi-hats with a blatant 2-feel with the snare drum on beats 2 & 4 accentuating the back-beat. Separate hat and ride track on the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 180






18: DDJT 176 JAZZ 33



Dave Brubeck "Take Five". Taken from one of the best selling jazz albums of all time, 'Time Out' (1959) by The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Joe Morello’s 5/4 jazz groove is iconic. The grouping of the odd time signature is mostly divided in 3 and 2. The triplet comping between the snare and bass drum underneath the strong ride pattern is typical of bebop. Like on the record, this track features a short drum solo of stylistic ideas. Separate ride track in the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 176






19: DDJT 170 JAZZ 25



Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra “Groove Merchant” mid-tempo shuffle. The swing brushes shuffle begins on the snare then moves to open hi hats and ride cymbal. The driving triplet 4-feel features stylistic fills and builds. This really swings! Separate hat and ride tracks on the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 170






20: DDJT 160 JAZZ 16



Standard brush pattern. A medium tempo jazz swing groove with the snare wires off to begin with. Hi-hats on 2 & 4 and the bass drum accenting to punctuate phrases. There are a few tom tom fills and syncopated cross-rhythmic ideas.



Tempo: 160






21: DDJT 160 JAZZ 03



A 4-feel of the ride cymbal with a strong hi-hat on 2 and 4 played with the foot. In the middle of the track this switches to the hi-hats and then back to ride. There are a number of bebop fills perfect for phrase endings. Separate hat and ride track recorded on the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 160






22: DDJT 158 JAZZ 32



Joe Henderson "Blue Bossa" - A fusion of Hard Bop and Brazilian Bossa Nova. This is taken from the Joe Henderson album 'Page One', 1963. A swish brush stroke and cross stick clave against the obstinato samba bass drum. The groove then moves to closed hats and ride bell. Separate brush snare, hi hat and ride recorded on the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 158






23: DDJT 150 JAZZ 28



Nina Simone "Sinnerman". An interesting 1/8th note closed hi-hat groove with plenty of accents. This builds into a momentous jazz swing pattern emphasing beats 2 and 4 with use of the Hi-Tom. The high tempo creates an electric sense of forward momentum.



Tempo: 150






24: DDJT 140 JAZZ 02



Starts with a closed hi-hat and cross stick, gradually opening the hi-hat and introducing the bass drum. The groove then moves to the ride cymbal with bebop type comping between the bass drum and snare. Towards the middle of the track there’s a small solo moving to an Afro-Cuban 12/8 Groove.. Separate hat and ride track recorded in the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 140









25: DDJT 137 JAZZ 36



Miles Davis "All Blues". Jimmy Cobb inspired 6/8 brush groove, later moving to the sticks. This can be felt in a 3/4 time signature also. Clear stick definition and controlled intensity. The track is featured on the seminal album “Kind of Blue” 1959. Separate ride, hi hat and snare track recorded.



Tempo: 137






26: DDJT 128 JAZZ 41



Art Blakey "Blues March". Bebop style march and blues shuffle. Version from Moanin’ 1958 Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. Reminiscent of New Orleans Marching Bands. It's starts with a military snare statement moving to the ride cymbal and a shuffle in the left hand on the snare. The opening statement returns and the jazz ride pattern is played on the 18" crash cymbal to imply accompaniment end of a new soloist. Separate snare, ride, and hi hat track recorded.



Tempo: 128






26: DDJT 121 JAZZ 24



Frank Sinatra "Fly Me To The Moon". A typical big band swing groove with a strong quarter-note feel. It begins with brushes played on the floor tom. The classic jazz swing pattern is then played on the ride cymbal with crosstick on beat 4. The snare is gradually introduced and big band fills on the toms and cymbals. Separate ride track recorded.



Tempo: 121






27: DDJT 120 JAZZ 15



A walking pace swing groove played with brushes on the snare starting with the snare wires off, the comping patterns are sometimes reminiscent of Steve Gadd. The snare wires are turned on mid-track.



Tempo: 120






28: DDJT 120 JAZZ 01



A basic jazz swing groove on sticks which starts on the Hi-Hats in a 2-feel. It moves to the ride cymbal with cross stick on beat 4 gradually adding the snare for rhythmic variety. The 20” riveted china cymbal is also introduced. Separate hat and ride track recorded as well.



Tempo: 120






29: DDJT 118 JAZZ 27



Nina Simone "My Baby Just Cares For Me". A medium tempo shuffle on brushes, the stepped hi-hat and cross stick mark the back beats. The swing then moves to the ride cymbal, still played with brushes firstly, then later with sticks to build the dynamic. This soul jazz groove is very adaptable. Separate hat and ride track recorded.



Tempo: 118



30: DDJT 112 JAZZ 23



Frank Sinatra "New York". A knees-up big band swinging pattern utilising the drums and cymbals to full effect. It begins with open hi-hats and kicks on the crash and rivete 20" china cymbal, moving to steady hi hat swing with cross-sticks and subsequently triplet based ride cymbal swing with snare on beats 2 & 4. The track ends with hits similar to the beginning.



Tempo: 112






31: DDJT 110 JAZZ 29



Steve Gadd "Back At The Chicken Shack" - A slow blues shuffle with occasional fills. It starts on the hi-hat and snare with a 2 feel and syncopated bass drum. The hi hats gradually open and the groove moves to the ride and china cymbals. Some interesting semiquaver fills juxtaposed in this triplet shuffle. Separate hi hat and ride parts in the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 110






32: DDJT 100 JAZZ 11



Starting on the tightly closed hi-hat, the jazz swing pattern soon switches to the ride cymbal and 18” crash cymbal with stepped hi-hat on 2 and 4. The bass then plays 4 to the floor with the hi-tom punctuating the end of each bar. This track isolates the basic 2-feel and 4-feel with minimal fills. Separate hat and ride track available on multi-track.



Tempo: 100






33: DDJT 98 JAZZ 37



Wynton Marsalis "Caravan". A raw New Orleans inspired broken pattern as played by Jeff "Tain" Watts on "Standard Time, Vol. 1", (1987). A blend of swing and straight, the groove focuses around the ride and snare rolls. Seperate snare, hi hat and ride track also recorded.



Tempo: 98






34: DDJT 80 JAZZ 14



A smooth triplet feel brush pattern on the snare drum in a 2-feel. Occasional accents and hints of a backbeat on 2 and 4 at times.



Tempo: 80



35: DDJT 80 JAZZ 12



A walking ballad tempo played on sticks with a strong triplet feel. The true tone of the cymbals can be heard. Mid-way through the track a 12/8 backbeat groove is played on the Hi-Hat then the Ride.



Tempo: 80






36: DDJT 78 JAZZ 26



Nina Simone "Feeling Good". A slow walking pace groove starting on the open Hi-Hat with a strong back-beat moving to the ride cymbal. An underlying 12/8 feel throughout. A solid pattern with triplet fills on the toms. Snare tuned down. Separate additional hi-hat track recorded in the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 78






37: DDJT 77 JAZZ 31



Buble "Feeling Good". An epic 12/8 feel big band groove. The triplet quaver is relentless with a cross stick on the snare to begin with, later adding the snare with occasional skip beats. The hi hats gradually open building to the ride and snare with stylistic fills. Separate Ride and Hi-Hat tracks recorded in the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 77






38: DDJT 76 JAZZ 22



Frank Sinatra "My Way". A straight eighth-note backbeat groove starting on the hi-hat and side-stick, moving to the ride cymbal and full snare drum. There are occasional 1/16th note decorations on the cymbals. Simple fills around the drum kit accentuate the transitions.



Tempo: 76






39: DDJT 66 JAZZ 39



Louis Armstrong "Summertime". A slow ballad played on brushes with occasional subtle decorations to mark phrases. The brush strokes gloss over the snare in a sideways motion to create a smooth gentle texture. Separate ride and snare track recorded in the multi-tracks.



Tempo: 66






40: DDJT 60 JAZZ 13



Standard brush pattern. A slow triplet based ballad on the snare drum. The swish brush strokes create a smooth texture, the hi-hat cymbal accentuates beats 2 & 4. Some experimental sounds are created using the back of the brush on the bell of the ride cymbal.



Tempo: 60