It’s so amazing how this beat constantly changes without losing its intergity and flow. After analyzing the transcription, we see that actually there are 5 motives which are repeated several times throughout the first 16 bars and there are other motives which appear just once. Take a look at the transcription. I marked each little phrase using a different colour.
So, What can we learn from this example?
A rhythm doesn’t need to be repeated exactly in the same way over and over again in order to groove and have a good flow. Mike Clark teaches us that as long as we play tight and remain in one time feel (in this case: straight feel), we can make many Rhythmical variations to our rhythm and still sound good. This concept could be applied to swing and other rhythms as well.