Thursday, August 29, 2013

Groove and totally gratuitous lick o' the day: James “Diamond” Williams — Fopp

I was listening to some Ohio Players, and this, from the intro of Fopp, jumped out at me. It's not the greatest thing in the world ever, but it's fun:




The 32nd notes are legato, almost like triplets. Here's the actual groove for the verse of the song, with minor variations:




You can hear that he sometimes catches the snare drum on both of the crashes. The album is Honey, and the drummer is James “Diamond” Williams, who is still playing his butt off with the band.

Audio after the break:





Bonus comedy: the title and lyrics reminded me of this bit from Father Ted:

1 comment:

Iam Noman said...

Thanks for that breakdown of a cool lick, Todd. The first YouTube link is broken, so this might help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuorMliEtUM

-John