By Radim McCue Published August 26, 2009
One of the funkiest drummers on the planet, Zoro has sat on the drummer's throne for more than two-and-a-half decades commanding some of the most famous stages in the world of rock and R&B music. Z has toured and recorded with multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, The New Edition, and Jody Watley, and his diligence has earned him a position of prominence as a respected player, clinician, author, educator, and motivational speaker. Voted No. 1 R&B/blues/funk drummer in the world by Modern Drummer, Rhythm, and DRUM! magazines, Zoro's funky heartbeat drives his "groove for the generations."
Commandments of R&B Drumming Play-Along features 14 of the funkiest tunes in significant sub-genres like gospel, blues, soul, funk, go-go, new jack swing, and hip-hop. This play-along package chronologically documents the evolution of R&B drumming from the 1950s through the late '90s. The CD includes original songs by R&B legends such as James Brown, The Meters, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson, and all tracks are recorded by an all-star R&B band featuring Al McKay, the legendary guitarist of Earth, Wind & Fire. Each song has a full-performance track with drums and a play-along track without drums, plus TNT (Tone 'N' Tempo) Changer software for looping sections, changing tempo without changing pitch, and switching back and forth between the two versions. The book also features historical insight, tips for approaching the music, groove examples, rare photos, and album cover artwork. This is a must-have for any drummer serious about playing R&B!