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James Taylor - Best Live

The following drum break appears on "Country Road", as played by the late Carlos Vega, on James Taylor's 1993 album, Best Live.

There are several elements in this drum break that truly makes it special — something we can all glean from. First, the break flows and shadows the James Taylor's acapella vocal line. In fact one could argue that if we were to mute James' vocals, you would still hear the melody line coming from the drums; nice. Secondly, and certainly not least, is the feel and phrasing that Carlos establishes during the 8-bar break.

Listen to Carlos Vegas' feel and phrasing in this 8-bar drum break, and how it compliments the vocal line sung by JT.

Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, and Master of Music post-graduate work. His 40+ years in the music and entertainment industry, over 100 album recordings to his credit, as well as an exhaustive understanding of contemporary and classical music makes him a complete and skilled master musician.

Bart continues to work as an active drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, music arranger, director, comedian, MC, educator, writer and visual artist. He is the owner and creator of, which he founded in December of 1996.

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