Every drummer knows that there are countless ways to play the same grooves. Using a variety of techniques, the same patterns can feel very different for both the drummer and the rest of the band. These differences may seem subtle at first, but the trained ear will recognize the different sounds each technique can produce. Some lend themselves will to articulate, fast playing, and others to slow, legato feels. Fast swing grooves really exemplify this concept clearly.
John Riley's Approach to Uptempo Swing Grooves