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Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective – Roots Before Branches ( full album)

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Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective – Roots Before Branches ( full album)

Henry has taken the tradition he grew up in and greatly expanded it’s meaning. His recording “Roots Before Branches” is a beautiful demonstration of this expansion. -Chick Corea – 11 Mar ’13 01 Aurea V.02 Trabájala03 To believe without seeing04 Año 201005 No eres tu , Soy yo06 Comienzo07 Una par Isabél08 Solo dos veces09 Uncoered Fears10 Música para un sueño11 Solo “Along the way, Henry Cole & The Afro Beat Collective will have made you smile, made you think, surprised you, and – most of all – made you want...

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Henry Cole @ Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2015. Best Jazz Drummer.

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Henry Cole @ Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2015. Best Jazz Drummer.

Happy..looking forward to keep improving and...

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Afro Puertorrican Beats on the Drum Set

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Afro Puertorrican Beats on the Drum Set

Here is an adaptation of the language from the “Barril” de Bomba to the drum set using Hight & Low pitches = Snare &  Bass Drum. The results are some really funky grooves. I added eight notes on the hi hat.  Towards the end of the video I just improvised around the same theme. I transcribed the part and then adapted to the set. Please check out this great album by Los Rebuleadores de San Juan. abrazo,...

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Henry Cole & Villa Locura enters Electric Lady Studios

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Henry Cole & Villa Locura enters Electric Lady Studios

I am happy ( more than happy!!!!!) to announce that  a new Afrobeat Collective (now Villa Locura ) record is on the way. I can’t express into words how incredible were the sessions at the Electric Lady but one word we all agreed on .. TRANSFORMATIVE.. The title of the new record -which also is going to be a documentary directed by Kacho Lopez Mari – is      SIMPLE ( Originally entitled LAYERS) We are now ready to edit and then mix this album. Thanks to all of you , my team mates , for putting heart and soul , and for giving 120%...

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Extremely proud to be part of this two amazing projects! Check them out.

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Alfredo Rodriguez & The Invasion Parade: Fabian Almazan and  The Rhizome Project/El Proyecto...

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Quincy Jones 80th & The LP Family

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Hola a todos, I wanted to share two very special events that just happened recently of which I feel very fortunate , honored and proud. I spent the last 2 weeks touring with Mr. Quincy Jones  and his Global Gumbo project. We celebrated his 80th Anniversary touring Switzerland , Korea and Japan !! It will take me hours to write how much learning and joy  we all got from that experience. We were 50 people on board including all the crew and from one end to the other this tour was filled with incredible artistry. Only two drummers ,myself  and...

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Website is up!!!

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Here is the new first official website!!. I’m really happy with the amazing job web designers Ariel Hernandez Donemech & Gustavo Elizalde Ibañez put into this project that started from scratch!.  Take a look and subscribe to the newsletter if you wish. I’m still finishing some details but I feel is ready to share!. Recent news include the European debut of the Afrobeat Collective in Salamanca , Spain and then at Bogui Jazz in Madrid. It was amazing and very inspiring . Now we’ll play Milan at UNOJAZZ Festival on July...

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Welcome to this Blog!!

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Hello all, This is Henry Cole. I’m proud and happy to present this new web space called Blog. My goal is to connect, share and learn from anyone interested on being a better musician/artist/person and little by little create a space were  ideas , opinions and thoughts are explored. I’ve always been in love with the process of learning and the road ”behind the scenes” to achieve something, so we’ll focus on how to improve our craft on all aspects. From practice routines to eating, staying positive, reading and exercise tips, lets share the...

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