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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"Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing" (1970)

Starks' bubbly rat-a-tat pattern boosts "Talkin' Loud and Saying Nothin,'" one of Brown's most irrepressible tracks. The hi-hat rhythm shines through here, a skipping, prancing sequence that refuses to settle anywhere for long. When Brown switches up the groove and starts heading towards one of his famous screams, Starks starts to hit with more force. But the next time Brown attempts the same move, the drummer stops playing completely, remaining cheerfully unpredictable.

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