Saturday, November 15, 2014

Daily best music in the world: earlyish Steve Gadd

Here's some really great funk drumming by Steve Gadd, from 1975, on a fairly obscure album: Mobius, by Cedar Walton. Gadd invented or perfected much of the drumming language that is now usually just called “funk”, which has come to permeate all of pop music, and his playing is so familiar it's become too easy to think of him almost as a stylist. Then you hear this and you hear how great he is, and everything that is missing from everything else in the world that came after him.

These two tracks really cover about 90% of what you need to know about funk drumming:

Another one after the break:

A funky version of the Thelonious Monk tune, Off Minor:

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