jazzfmlogo_200For many in the audience, the drum solo is a cue to get another drink or stretch the legs. But it’s hard to do that when Louie Bellson, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Lenny White or Dennis Chambers are playing. Or Clyde Stubblefield. In 1970, he was given a 20-second ‘solo’ on James Brown‘s ‘Funky Drummer‘ single that came to define not one but two or three generations of pop rhythm-making. In an effective reversal of the usual drum solo ethic to hit everything as hard and fast as possible, Stubblefield simply repeated and slightly modified his glorious ghost-noted groove, and in the process changed drumming forever. His break has been sampled hundreds of times on the records of Public Enemy, Kenny G, Prince, and even this year on Katy B’s ‘Broken Record‘ single, but he is yet to receive a penny in royalties despite providing the rhythmic architecture for countless million-selling singles.

...Legendary Sugar Hill Records drummer Keith Leblanc, responsible for such rhythmic treats as Funky 4 Plus One’s ‘That’s The Joint‘, Spoonie Gee’s ‘Spoonie Is Back‘ (which in turn ‘replays’ James Brown’s ‘Funky President‘) and countless much-sampled beats with Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Tackhead, is also taking control of his legacy by setting up a revolutionary ‘sharing’ system. He’s giving away his entire sample catalogue for free download, and, in return, merely asks that musicians and producers who use his work guarantee he gets credited for it…and he also wants to hear their final mixes. Visit Keith’s website for more details.

Posted in Press | Posted on 2011-06-22 18:08:20 by klb | Permalink