newworlddrumming wrote:When you guys talk about 'feeling' in playing, I think you are referring to the shuffle pattern that is rhythmically not quite eighth note or triplet based, but somewhere in between. Am I mistaken?
OK... I'm a gal, but I'll weigh in anyway.
If you're picking up on a certain "swing" to his playing, then probably yes. But it's *not* "swing" in the sense that the word is used in jazz, and it's not really a shuffle, either (as you said). I'm not good at theory/analysis, but even if I was, I wouldn't want to put it in those terms - because time is much more elastic in this music than it is in most Western music.
So yeah, I think you're hitting on at least part of it - but it's also to do with the fact (IMO) that Outtara is a very melodic player, especially in that 2nd video. You can hear the basic patterns and then a series of improvs and riffs on those patterns - as melodic phrases. it would nice to be able to hear and see a vid with an ensemble and soloist (though computer speakers would probably not be able to pick up all of the different drum/bell parts...)
One last thought: Outtara knows what *not* to play - he leaves some space in the music where others might just hammer away, as bops said. I like that!