Iain Scott examines Bowie’s funky side, with some cool Carlos Alomar riffs and licks to play.
David Bowie was a musician of many guises and it was his ability and desire to embrace a rainbow of genres that made him such a fabulously versatile artist. From the mid 70s David Bowie released a series of albums, such as Young Americans, Station To Station, Heroes, Scary Monsters, that had a new sound combination of rock, funk and disco. In this issue’s Essential Rhythm we are looking at the influence of Carlos Alomar on the rhythm section during his time with David Bowie.
Alomar was an experienced player, having worked in the house band at the Apollo Theatre and toured with James Brown. He proved a vital part of this new sound, bringing choice elements of R&B and funk to the band in a modern way. He has also worked with Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Simple Minds, and more recently with Scissor Sisters and Alicia Keys. But let’s take a look at a cool 70s-style Bowie groove, courtesy Carlos Alomar.
Carlos Alomar: David Bowie’s funk guitar master