For sure , ive been influenced by all the masters on drums . But, a long while back , I started coming up with my own beats and grooves . Ones that I have played with groups , and, recorded in the studio for records that have been played on the radio .
Sometimes it gets frustrating that every beat you do on the drums has someone who innovated it . I mean its wonderful copying the masters and , Max Roach would say , anyone playing the "splang a lang " beat with hi hat on two and four was 3/4 Papa Jo Jones . So , I love getting inspired to create my own beats. There are a few sambas here , but, the rest are my own beats , trying them right hnaded , left handed , its a work in progress .