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’.