Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave ON RECORD Key al­bums you must hear


From Jazz To Soul 1993 - 2003 Kenny Gar­rett Kenny Gar­rett (1999)

Kenny Gar­rett, who played with Miles Davis and Art Blakey, is joined by Dave and Mar­cus Miller on this al­bum of smooth jazz-funk. Dave’s beats un­der­pin Gar­rett’s im­pro­vi­sa­tions, from the hip-hop of ‘G.T.D.S. (Give The Drum­mer Some)’ to the bossanova of ‘Can I Just Hold Your Hand?’

Meshell Nde­geo­cello Com­fort Woman (2003)

A lan­guid, laid­back neo-soul al­bum from Meshell Nde­geo­cello where the spacey sound­scapes hint at the di­rec­tion Dave would later take with the Drumhedz. Dave’s tight beats are the glue bind­ing it all to­gether, from the reg­gae of ‘Love Song #1’ to the cos­mic soul of ‘An­dromeda And The Milky Way’. ■

Hot Sum­mer Nights 2003 - 2010 Maxwell BLACK­sum­mers’night (2009)

Maxwell truly chan­nels the sound and spirit of Marvin Gaye and clas­sic 70s soul on BLACK­sum­mers’night, so Dave sits in the pocket and keeps every­thing groov­ing. Stand­out cuts in­clude the se­duc­tive ‘Pretty Wings’, the retro ‘Fist­ful Of Tears’, the funky ‘Help Some­body’, and the snappy ‘Bad Habits’.

Robert Glasper Dou­ble-Booked (2009)

An al­bum of two halves – the first is a live set from Glasper’s trio with Dave on drums and Vin­cente Archer on bass. The mu­sic is nim­ble, pi­ano-led hard bop, but then the sec­ond half switches to the Robert Glasper Ex­per­i­ment, deftly bring­ing in Dave’s hip-hop beats■

The Gram­mys And Be­yond 2011-2018 Adele 21 (2011)

Dave plays four tracks on Adele’s 21, which went on to be­come the best­selling al­bum of 2011 and 2012, as well as the big­gest record of the 21st cen­tury. Dave lays down the grooves on ‘Don’t You Re­mem­ber’, ‘He Won’t Go’, ‘One And Only’, and ‘Lovesong’.

Chris Dave And The Drumhedz Chris Dave And The Drumhedz (2018)

Dave’s de­but al­bum as a band­leader is a trippy voyage into hip-hop psychedelia. “It’s not, oh hey, drum solo be­cause it’s a drum al­bum,” says Dave and true to his word, it’s def­i­nitely an al­bum where the songs take the spotlight from the groovy ‘Black Hole’ to the bal­lad ‘Spread Her Wings’.

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