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Born and raised in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, David Garibaldi took up drums at the age of 10. Af­ter a stint in the 724th US Air Force band, in 1969 he re­turned to the Bay Area where he be­came a mem­ber of pi­o­neer­ing, horn-heavy funka­teers Tower Of Power.

Dur­ing the decade David spent with Tower Of Power, he be­came one of the most in­flu­en­tial drum­mers of his gen­er­a­tion. Com­bin­ing lin­ear and har­monic el­e­ments to cre­ate tight 16th-note pat­terns, Garibaldi, with bas­sist Rocco Pres­tia, cre­ated some of the most mem­o­rable grooves ever. For pre­ci­sion, tight­ness, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and orig­i­nal­ity of groove, Tower Of Power were un­ri­valled.

In the late ’70s, David be­came an LA ses­sion mu­si­cian, play­ing with Natalie Cole, Jer­maine Jack­son, Boz Scaggs, The Yel­low­jack­ets, Gino Vanelli and his own fu­sion out­fit, Wish­ful Think­ing. Check out: Tower Of Power ‘What Is Hip?’

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