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James Gadson's Top Recordings That Define His Career

November 17, 2020

Today was a milestone for me. I’ve been such a huge fan of this man for years and I hope I hide my nervousness well enough in this conversation. This week’s guest is James Gadson…one of the funkiest drummers out there. He gave life to the 16th note groove and used it on countless records with Bill Withers, The Jackson Five, Beck, Cheryl Lynn, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and many more. For a time, it was rare to go a whole day without hearing James’ drumming on the radio, and probably still true to this day on some stations. We discuss the top records on which he played that best represent his career in the studio. I had a blast talking with James and he is a gentleman through and through. If you’re a drummer, his DVD ‘Funk / R&B Drumming’ is a must watch. Honestly…must OWN. It will get you paid. I guarantee it.



Elevator Music by Beck off the album The Information – 2006


Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man Be A Man by Dyke & The Blazers - 1969


Express Yourself by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band off the album Express Yourself - 1970


Use Me by Bill Withers off the album Still Bill - 1972


Kissing My Love (Live) by Bill Withers - 1972


Dancing Machine by The Jackson 5 off the album Dancing Machine - 1974


Got To Be Real by Cheryl Lynn off her self-titled record - 1978


Reunited by Peaches & Herb off the album 2 Hot! - 1978


Paper Tiger by Beck off the album Sea Change - 2002


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