Dennis Chambers: The Fatback Groove – James Brown
Transcription: Terry Branam here:
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I saw Dennis play with the John Schofield band in ‘87 very powerful drummer my ears are still ringing.
This was way before Dennis got sick. He's a lot healthier today.
Monster beat! I love it!!
Who is this guy? Dennis Chambers chews gum.
Trying to do the James Brown shuffle while he's playing this groove…….woooo!!
The dude that played for Curtis Mayfield on the BBC Grey Whistle Test show had the sickest groove I ever heard. Chambers is great but his groove ain't quite up to Purdie,he's deep.
Slowed down drum & basd
I LOVE HIS SOUL, FEEL & the tone on his drums the sound precision & clean I don't get tired of listening to that sound the brother is right there, if you're black you'll understand, if you're bias you'll never understand that sound inspires you to play
So…what was the 2nd thing?
Holy guacamole!! That’s funkier than a very funky funky thing.
Shit mic’ing for those kind of grooves…
Not quite my tempo, which fluctuates with the wind.
Just need a funky bass guitar to join in!
Dat face at the fast part 😛
33 people are having dry toast and tea tonight for dinner. In bed by 8:30.
Yeah, I guess thats okay…
He seem to adds another dimension to any groove he plays… he’s relaxed, open and tight as a gnats ass!
Dennis Chambers: (all casual and cool) "yeah, this is the first thing I learned to play"Me: huh?😭 I'm going to burn my drumsticks now
I'll sample those drums and loop the hell out of them on my MPC. Matter of fact, hold my beer…
Pocket groove w displaced up beat on either the 2 and 4. Question is where did James get it from? I think he invented that groove and it sounded better w the snare on the upbeat. W out that distinction it’s just a r&b groove w a lot of ghost notes
I be digging on that yellow with the black Hardware. Fukkin pimpin
I got the feeling.
BABY BABY I GOT THE FEELING!!!
And he hit the fill/turnaround. Real drummers make you hear the whole song!!!!
In terms of technique he’s unparalleled.
The Fatback Groove is one of the funkiest grooves of all time. I've been beating it out for fifty years now. Thank you Clyde….
“The first thing I leaned” don’t fuck with me Dennis… dont fuck with me….
Jesus Christ. That was the FIRST thing he learned to play? Lol
I was really surprised at how bad the fast one sounded, to be honest and the whole thing was so far away from the vibe of 60s James Brown stuff. Fast one was too rushed and 'rock-y', and that big echoey kit doesn't help – it's about as far away from sounding like say, a Clyde Stubblefield sound as you can get , but also the ghost notes just didn't sit right. I think he was going too fast in order to demonstrate the speed and losing the groove in the process. Sorry to fanboys. I'm not trolling, it's just my opinion. An opinion I'm sure will be showered with insults and corrections e.g: "oh yeah?! I'd like to see you do better, loser" or "what are you talking about? Dennis Chambers is better than Jesus and may he smite you down for this blasphemy". Or something.
I think someone like Dimsunk (check him out if you haven't) is a million times better than this, in terms of capturing the groove and sound of that JB (and others in that era) funk.
The camera man going all out
I Met Dennis Chambers At The 2007 NAMM Show, He Was Very Humble And Modest.
That unmistakable, epic james brown groove!
Most satisfying 2 minutes of my life!How do I get this to play everytime I walk past someone on the street?
I like it.
Huhhh, good God…you got that groove down…
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