James Brown Drummer John 'Jabo' Starks: 5 Classic Tracks

"Super Bad," "Sex Machine" and other funky landmarks from half of the Godfather of Soul's legendary groove tandem

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"Soul Power" (1971)

Like many of Brown's early-Seventies masterpieces, "Soul Power" originally emerged as a multipart epic. But the complete track, all 12 minutes of it, didn't emerge till 1996. Like "Sex Machine," "Soul Power" features signature call-and-response vocals from Brown and Bobby Byrd, but Starks' expertly calibrated grooves – crisp and shuffling on the verses, with a more open, ride-cymbal–driven feel on the B sections – are key to the song's effortless momentum.

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