If you are a Wu-Tang Clan fan, you already know how they rule their own game by putting a creative slant on everything they do. I bow down to the rhythmic and comic genius they exude. RZA, beyond his rapping philosophy, is a great producer of music and beats. I’m not sure how many other people are involved with creating those fantastic cinematic break-beats, but my compliments to the chefs! A lot of the Wu-Tang grooves seems to almost trip over themselves adding another dimension to that already funky stuff.
Here are examples from one of my Wu-inspired joints from a break-beat LP and CD release, illy B Eats Vol.3 (amuletrecords.com), titled “Cooper Street Gang,” where my producer/engineer, Scotty Hard, who also worked with Wu-Tang, turned my live beats into looped hooks. Remember, the notation here cannot do justice to the nuance and swagger that you (the drummer) must find within yourself, à la the Wu masters.
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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