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Artist’s Choice Playlist: Steve Jordan on Masters of Swing & Groove

Drummer and producer Steve Jordan on his favorite tracks anchored by drummers with strong rhythm and groove

Groove drummer Steve Jordan
Steve Jordan (photo by Jeff Fasano)

These are drummers you might hear in my playing; they were all instrumental to my outlook. The feel, the groove, is the most important thing to me—for a drummer and for any musician, period. It’s the thing I care about the most.  All of these people have a tremendous sense of rhythm and groove.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Blakey, drums
Moanin’ (Blue Note, 1959)
My dad, when I was 8 years old, told me if I learned how to play this Benny Golson classic, I’d be able to get somewhere. He was an architect but he made a very astute musical observation.  The solo grooves heavily but is also melodic, very catchy.

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