Category Archives: The Funk

Collision! Youth Know Something About Music

Check out this brilliant show on Reprezent 107.3 FM, The Voice Of Young London. I’m slightly biased because one of the presenters is a student of mine but these guys are playing a brilliant selection of music from rock classics to funk masterpieces. It’s a perfect playlist for a fuddyduddy like me and inspires some […]

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Great Lesson on The Famous Drum Part For 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

I’ve just discovered Terry Keating, a guy with unlimited energy when it comes to giving drum lessons or talking about drums and cymbals. His Youtube channel,, with Led Zeppelin related lessons is an amazing resource for people wanting to learn about John Bonham’s drumming. In addition to the Zep stuff, there are several brilliant […]

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What I’m Listening To This Week

I’m never far away from a bit of Lowell George, one of the greatest singers and songwriters in the universe. Here is a fantastic track from his only solo album, Thanks I’ll Eat It Here which is a mixed bag, something typical of the great man’s recorded output. The album has an incredible line up […]

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What I’m Listening To This Week

I have been slowly discovering Afrobeat. The grooves are mental. There seems to be a lot of improvising, weird snare patterns and generally the kind of independence I associate with playing Latin music. I started listening to some stuff by Fela Kuti whose drummer, Tony Allen is considered to be a pioneer of the Afrobeat […]

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Cold Cold Cold – Me and Lowell Too

The last few days I can’t get this song out of my head for some reason… I guess it’s a bit of a cliche to say that playing drums slowly is a lot more challenging than most people think but it really is. Not to suggest that filling every available nanosecond with a flurry of […]

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What I’m Listening To This Week

Having worked on the groove on Clutch’s Burning Beard, I got the album, Robot Hive /Exodus. John Paul Gaster is a great funky drummer. Check out 10001110101 for some fabulous groove playing. In a slightly mellower vein, I have been learning Grant Green’s Ease Back with the wonderful Idris Muhammad laying down some very tasty, […]

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Speaking of Mike Clark and Paul Jackson…

Speaking of Mike Clark and Paul Jackson, as I was not one blog post ago, check out the greasy funk on the following video. Mental. (The second part of this video is non-embeddable for some reason but it’s here – )

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The Wonderful Mike Clark with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters

Wowie zowie! Check out this wonderful performance from back in the 70’s when music was still good (!) and hair was a serious business. Mike Clark’s drumming is just beautiful. Listen to how he’s locked in with Paul Jackson, the bassist. It’s wild, free and busy as hell yet remains tasteful and economical, no notes […]

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Chuck Silverman Demonstrates The Famous Rock Steady Groove

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All you ever need to know about the funk:

Bootsie and ‘Jabo’ Starks explain the JB’s “One”

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