Clyde Stubblefield

The Revenge of the Funky Drummer

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Clyde Stubblefield was the funky drummer -- the man that played the infamous break on James Brown's classic "Funky Drummer, Pt. 2." It makes sense that he would try to cash in on his notoriety with Revenge of the Funky Drummer, his first solo album. Granted, it's a little surprising that it arrives in 1997, seven years after the "Funky Drummer" loop hit its peak of popularity. It's also a little surprising that the album downplays his strengths, choosing to saddle him with a big band and murky production. It would have been better to hear Stubblefield in a spare setting where his playing would have shined, but there enough rhythmic flourishes scattered across the record to illustrate why he is the funky drummer.

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