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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"Super Bad" (1970)

"Super Bad" appears to start in the middle: Unlike on "Sex Machine" or "The Payback," which build into their vamps, Starks darts forward from the first second of "Super Bad," conjuring a shifting, riveting rhythm built around unexpected upbeats. Blasting horns enter during the B section, and a shrieking saxophone threatens to steal the track, but Starks keeps the listener's attention by kicking up a stylish ruckus on the bell of his ride cymbal.

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