Smooth Struttin' New Awlins Gumbo

I recently fell in love with a hip drum groove I heard/saw Cindy Blackman Santana perform at the beginning of Part 1 of her Interview Spotlight with Vic Firth. What I hear Cindy playing is a wonderful mix of New Orleans funk, latin and jazz influences all rolled into a fantastic feeling groove — I'm calling it her Smooth Struttin' New Awlins Gumbo.

Before I give you the recipe and break it all down for you, let me first give you a little taste of what Cindy's cookin' behind the drums!

Now that I've whet your appetite, let us look at the recipe (ie. music notation) of Cindy's performance along with all the necessary ingredients you'll need in order to cook up this tasty entrée for yourself.