Drum loops for jazz?
Drum loops are not necessarily ideal for all musical genres. For rock, pop, and country songwriters, of course, drum loops are an easy and viable way to get the songwriting process going. These genres generally feature drum beats that are repetitive in nature, meant to lock down the groove and serve the song. So, the perfect drum loop can easily and quickly become the foundation of the song.
But, for other styles, using loops can be a bit more complicated if not limiting. Some musical genres, like funk and jazz, require much more “feel”, the kind of vibe that is difficult (but not impossible) to achieve with static one or two-bar loops. Jazz, in particular, is inherently built upon a improvisational approach, one that requires a free-flowing exchange of musical ideas that play with and off the musicians playing and intentions.
When we set out to do a jazz loop collection, we opted instead to go not with loops (ironic, we know, for a company that is all about loops and samples) but with complete, single take tracks. There was no way we could authentically capture the feel and vibe of jazz drumming by creating isolated one, two, or even four-bar drum loops. Beside, we already did that with our first jazz drum loops collection!
So, if you need a comprehensive source of live, jazz drum tracks, we’ve got the very thing you need: Jazz Essentials II. This collection, tracked at the famed The Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA, will give your jazz songwriting the inspiring feel and improvisational vibe that your jazz songwriting needs.
How can you inspire your jazz songwriting? Try Jazz Essentials II
Jazz Essentials II contains over 2 GB of live jazz drum tracks for traditional jazz, Latin jazz, 3/4 jazz, blues-jazz, and more. We’re talking a live jazz drummer in the studio playing time, comping phrases, and mixing up the swing. You can’t get any more authentic jazz drums for your tracks unless you rent out a studio and hire a seasoned session drummer yourself.
Starting with basic swing patterns and moving up to complex comping, all of the drum tracks on Jazz Essentials II include both brushes and sticks and cover a wide range of tempos.
With a natural, balanced mix and and seasoned New York City drummer behind the drum kit, Jazz Essentials II has a versatile sound at home in many jazz styles. When it comes to jazz, it’s all about the live feel. And, Jazz Essentials II delivers the jazz drum tracks that have the feel you’re after.
If your songwriting styles range from traditional swing to Bebop, Latin Jazz and contemporary jazz styles, there’s hours of live drums here at your disposal. Use the full tracks for practice or cut multi-bar phrases for looping, there’s only one way to use Jazz Essentials II: your way.
11 thoughts on “How to Inspire Your Music With Live Jazz Drum Tracks”
Thanks for the post. I have this jazz collection and it’s been a huge inspiration to play and write.
Good post and great loops and samples. Loving the jazz ones I just ordered! Sam
These drums sound great – that’s how they should sound! Nice and live and organic. Might pick up the pack, any deals?
Yes! Check out the SAVE50 promo deal that is currently running.
Informative article – thanks!
Thanks for the info and the tracks. These are some of the best-sounding live jazz drum tracks I have ever used. So, thank you!
The samples sound great – any package deals for the jazz drum loops?
Great Post! Thanks for sharing the knowledge and keep up the good work.
I have Jazz Essential II and use it all the time. Best $30 for a practice tool ever. You guys have any more Jazz Essentials in the works?
These are the real deal in live jazz drums. Free-flowing improv for hours. You can definitely just lose yourself playing along – never gets old!
I like how you mentioned that drum loops are a viable way to get the songwriting process going. My best friend is into music and he likes playing his guitar in a companion with more instruments. I’m going to let him know about drum loops in case he wants to enjoy his free time playing with it.