Many cultures describe the creative musical process as “cooking.” I think it is a great analogy for what we do. So, for fun, and just to break up the academic monotony a little, here are a few of my recipes for flavorful funk. Drumbeats should be enjoyed like food. Chop and sauté an onion. Add a crushed clove of garlic with some fresh basil. Use only Italian-grown tomatoes! What ingredients you use and in what amount, not to mention cooking time, all make a difference. Repeat Exs. 1, 2, and 3 in any order that feels good. And if you can interpret the recipe into your own style of playing, so much the better. (illy B Eats Vols. 1—3 available on iTunes or on vinyl at amuletrecords.com).
Medeski Martin And Wood drummer BILLY MARTIN (aka illy B) has recorded more than 60 albums with Bob Moses, Iggy Pop, John Scofield, The Lounge Lizards, Dave Burrell, and many others. billymartin.net