Six Neglected Drummers Who Deserve Recognition | BBC Culture Online

Though singers and lead guitarists are celebrated by the hundreds in rock annals, drummers are often turned into punch lines

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Stumbled across this piece by Auntie Beeb (or more accurately, BBC journo Greg Knot) celebrating the much maligned backline-beats laid out by drummers. And rightly so!

Despite the fact that this article fails to even mention the pure slice of uncut Funk that is session legend Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (the ‘Hitmaker’, or ‘The World’s Most Recorded Drummer’ – his groove is impeccable, as demonstrated in one of my favourite videos of all time), this article does go some way in helping the reader think with their feet and give the drummer some well-deserved props – as well as demonstrate some nice little rhythmic chops for your listening pleasure.

Wilsoni on Shuffle | Steppin in It – Herbie Hancock (1975)


Herbie Hancock is one of my biggest influences, predominantly stemming from his Jazz-Funk, Headhunters and beyond output. Not only is the man a keen experimenter, he understands the texture of synthesized sounds in arrangements, and the philosophy of The Groove – something which sets him and Roy Ayers apart from other acts they get lumped together with, that I would term ‘Jazz-Fusion’ rather than ‘Jazz-Funk’ and is more about masturbatory solos than hard Funkin’.

This cut is No. 5 on the Man Child record, and features none other than Stevie Wonder on that inimitable harmonica! The groove always makes me pull a face, Mike Clark breakin around the fatback and that squelchy bass line! Try not to let it throw you off The One!

I’d love to be anywhere near as prolific as Herbie, and it seems to be keeping him young! Check him – he looks about 20 years younger than his (as of 2015) 75 years, though he attributes this to Bhuddist chanting and swearing off red meat apparently, as detailed in his interview with Gilles Peterson from 2010.