RHYTHM ES­SEN­TIALS

Iain Scott ex­am­ines Bowie’s funky side, with some cool Car­los Alo­mar riffs and licks to play.

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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

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