i started profesionaly in chicago , played in new york 8 years with great players, lived in rio and met some of the great players there and in brazi the last 33 years or so. for sure living in new york really tightened my jazz knowlwdge to the max, rio really honed me in on samba and the start of learning about the incredable cultures in brazil. in various trips to salvador and working extensivly with an afro brazilian dancer , i played a lot of afro brazilian drums for dance music and candomble was one of the cultures i learned. candomble is the most powerful contact in brazil with people brought over as slaves from where they were in africa , retainging contact with their religion and the drums and danced that go with the religous rituals. there are various nations of candomble , angola, nago , jeje etc and one of them is called "ketu".
i learned candomble rhythms because those who know say huge amounts of the popular rhythms can be traced to candomble rhythms. and its true, and my brazilian rhythm concepts really jumped.
but to my surprise, basicly because ketu us the candomble that uses sticks on the drums not hand drums, i started perceiving that various rhythms they use, matched very powerfully with jazz rhythms evolution.
for example, bravum is and art blakey/jo jones lick (actualy the other way around) with the swing beat embedded right in it. here is a beat that has the whole swing era in its base.
there are huge other relevations that i would love to discuss , but they would take lots of time and breakdown. but this is one big reason i am coming into this forum.i very much want to share with you all, these tremendous discoveries i have made, make no mistake, no one else has made this detailed connection. there is a big band in salvador called rumpilezz that uses these beats over the authors big band songs and arrangements of his, and a group in rio led by a french guy called ketu jazz, but they are improvising over the beats, both not connecting how powerfully these ketu codes are all over all of our populoar rhythms , from jazz innovation evolution , blues, rock, funk, hip hop, etc.
i hope to do more youtubes to elaborate much deeper and i hope to have discusions with people of all instruments and interest in the origins of american music etc