Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Funky Drummer Challenge - Can (Jaki Liebezeit)

I'm not going to go into too much detail because I already talked about this cat in one of my mixes, but Jaki laid down so many iconic funk-rock grooves like he owned the genre. Yeah, yeah, he was cribbing from Mr. Stubblefield with a dash of Mitch Mitchell, but not only was he an unstoppable time-keeper, he eventually transformed this style into a pummeling-but-flowing masterpiece of oceanic grooves. The choicest cuts are probably on Tago Mago, but it's just sacrilege to be talking about the illest beats and not drop some "Vitamin C".


  1. thank you for mentioning Mitch Mitchell. Mitchell and Keith Moon were always being compared back in the day. Im not saying Moon was a slouch but.....come the fuck on Mitchell had him not only in chops but creativity and groove to boot. This really just opens the door to the importance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience but instead of beating a 40 year dead subject its just time that Mitchell gets his dues.

  2. You know what? I find Keith Moon boring as all hell. As far as traditional drum heroes of white America are concerned, dude was a chump that only impresses due to his belligerent use of the kick drum. Mitch Mitchell and Bonham tower above him in terms of creating beats that actually entertain.