One of the greatest funk drummers of all time, Dave performs four great tunes with a six-piece band and then...
One of the greatest funk drummers of all time, Dave performs four great tunes with a six-piece band and then breaks down his drum part in each tune section by section. Styles covered include Latin, funk, hip-hop, and jazz. He also demonstrates the drum grooves from seven classic Tower of Power tunes. David Garibaldi combines his innovations of funk from his Tower of Power days with his new innovations in Afro-Cuban music and demonstrates how to incorporate them into modern music. This DVD shows you how to become your own drummer and how to create your own signature sound. Special bonus features include a brand-new, improvised bonus lesson, "3 Bell Funk," and a live European performance with RAD.
David Garibaldi was born in Oakland, California, and began playing drums at age ten. By 17 he was playing professionally in a big band. Two years later in 1966 – during the time of the Vietnam War - he was enlisted into the U. S. Air Force where he played in symphonic and big bands. On his discharge in 1970 he returned home and joined Tower of Power.
Over the next few years his playing on tracks like Squib Cakes, The Oakland Stroke, Soul Vaccination and many others became landmarks in the history of funk drumming. David specialised in subtle and precise grooves, involving the inventive use of ghost notes, creating signature drum parts for many of the band’s classic tunes. Although known as a groove player rather than a flamboyant soloist he had one of the finest techniques around.
After leaving Tower of Power David went freelance although it was hard to get his unique style accepted in the 1980s LA session scene. He has nevertheless built up an impressive list of recording credits, including performances with Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Larry Carlton, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Jermaine Jackson, Ray Obiedo, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Boz Scaggs, Gino Vanelli, Deniece Williams, the Yellowjackets and Wishful Thinking.
David rejoined Tower of Power in January 1998 and has been touring with the rejuvenated band ever since. Between times he has also toured Europe with the female singer RAD. He’s also recently worked with Tower of Power’s 'Doc' Kupka in The Strokeland Superband. And as a keen student of Afro-Caribbean music, he has his own trio called Talking Drums with percussionists Jesus Diaz and Michael Spiro. David has also released several highly recommended educational books, videos and DVDs.