Polyrhythmic Ostinatos - part 3

Drum Lesson by Alain Rieder

Example 1
Three variations of a cross-rhythmic ostinato. Each example is played four times:
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Example 2
The same three ostinato patterns played in a sequence, with added bass-drum & snare:
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Example 3
A similar concept, but with a shifting "Jazz Ride" pattern:
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Example 4
The late Michael Brecker wrote an interesting song with the same shifting ostinato.
This pattern is taken from Escher Sketch, the first track of his CD "Now You See It, Now You Don't"
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Artist: Michael Brecker
CD: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Song: Escher Sketch - A Tale of Two Rhythms (short excerpt)
Cymbals: Adam Nussbaum
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It starts with what sounds like a standard jazz pattern, and then it transforms into the 6/4 pattern that was shown in example 4.

The illustration on the CD cover is a drawing by M.C. Escher.
If you look at it closely, you'll notice birds transforming into fishes.
This Dutch designer left a work in which there are many optical illusions and distortions of perspective.
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