JEROME BRAILEY

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PAR­LIA­MENT IS IN SES­SION

Through­out the ’70s, Ge­orge Clin­ton’s mu­si­cal col­lec­tive Par­lia­ment cre­ated the tem­plate for a new type of funk, in­flu­enced by artists such as Jimi Hen­drix, Sly And The Fam­ily Stone, Cream and James Brown, adding out­ra­geous the­atrics, in­no­va­tive son­ics and cos­mic themes to the mix. Of­ten seem­ing to si­mul­ta­ne­ously ex­ist un­der the name Funkadelic (and later P-Funk), the group re­leased a string of ground-break­ing al­bums, achiev­ing com­mer­cial suc­cess in 1975 with the al­bum Mother­ship Con­nec­tion. Drum­mer Jerome Brailey’s sim­ple and di­rect drum­ming style was an in­te­gral part of the group’s sound dur­ing this pe­riod. Re­plac­ing orig­i­nal drum­mer Tiki Ful­wood, Brailey had honed his chops with soul groups The Cham­bers Brothers and The Five Stairsteps. Al­lowed to stretch out more than his pre­de­ces­sor, Brailey’s tight two-bar loop grooves were punc­tu­ated by hip, funky fills and crashes. Check out: Par­lia­ment ‘Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Of The Sucker)’

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