This is a hybrid I came up with by mixing a New Orleans mambo with the Cuban guaguancó [Ex. 1]. It’s a fun groove to play and you can experiment with where you want to use it. For example, you could use it in a drum or percussion solo or breakdown. Or you can use it to create a different texture for a part of a tune or behind someone else’s solo.
Although not purely linear, the groove mixes loose linear ideas with the New Orleans street beat. When playing the groove, it is important to play in between straight and swing, and don’t play it too fast. As always, don’t forget to accent the and of beat 4.