ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#2] Dennis Chambers By
Super session drummer
Dennis Chambers has lent his tremendous groove to P Funk, John Scofield, Santana,
and Steely Dan, but only now has he cut a solo record, and what a killer it is.
After the dullness of his organ powerhouse trio Niacin, one would never have expected
Chambers to cut such an exceptional effort, but Outbreak succeeds on almost every
level. Chambers explores the songs of Jim Beard, John Herrington, Dean Brown and
Scofield, and it sounds like earnest thought went into making Outbreak (and not
only the drumming) hotblooded. Sco and Chambers duel like days of olde for the
backwards street funk of "Otay," while "Groove Interruptus"
recalls P Funk in a light night of lo-cal socializing. The Steely Danish "Paris
On Mine" is a smooth groove buster; "In Time" is old school fatback;
and "Outbreak" recalls Chick Corea's Elektric Band coupled with Chambers'
ferocious full set pummel. Who says contemporary fusion can't dance as good as