John “Jab’O” Starks and Clyde Stubblefield – Soul Of The Funky Drummers
Dec 17 2016
This historical first instructional dvd will be an essential learning tool for every funk devotee, demonstrating playing techniques and valuable tips for creating the ultimate funk groove! They demonstrate these patterns and rhythm combinations, and analyze their performances and techniques while looking back and discussing their activities in the James Brown era.
If you are a drummer, you will enjoy this look at two old school funk drummers who powered the James Brown bands of the 60s and 70s. Both are heard on most of the important cuts done by Brown, and both have been sampled to death. They sit at kits, side by side, and discuss their various trademark grooves. Both show it, too, which is good, because neither one is especially articulate. These instructional sections are mixed in with a few tunes done with the band that shows former Brown trombonist Fred Wesley, as well as newer players, John Scofield and John Medeski. You don’t learn much here, because it’s more about the soloists than the rhythm, but you see the drummers in overhead shots.
If you have any aspiration to play funk drums, then you should own this video. In fact, if you want to play jazz, blues, or any groovin’ style, you should own this video.
The video covers the drummers Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jab’o” Starks – two of the more influential drummers of the 60’s and 70’s James Brown bands. In addition, you get personal stories, style comparisons, duets and more. The REAL sound of funk started with James Brown and with these guys!
Some people consider this to be “old school,” but if you’re able to play this sort of funk then you can play the rest. This stuff is your whole bag. Get the feel and the sound of this and you’ve mastered it – you’ll sound great playing with any other funky than, no matter how contemporary.
It really isn’t possible to overstate the importance of these drummers and their grooves. Clyde and Jab’o have distinctly different styles, and if listen to what they say you’ll find that they think you should have your own style too. They emphasize that it has to come from your heart (and of course, your soul).
- Cold Sweat
- Funky Drummer
- I Got the Feelin’
- Mother Popcorn
- Give It Up or Turnit a Loose
- Licking Stick
- Sex Machine
- Super Bad
- Make It Funky Doing It to Death
Running time: 1 hour
Video: XviD 512×384 (1.33:1), 29.970 fps, 972 kbps
Audio: MP3, 2 ch, 236.68 kbps
Size: 734 Mb