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Old 05-01-2018, 11:30 PM
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Default Jabo Starks RIP

Was on the r/drums subreddit today, and someone posted a photo that said RIP Jabo. I was surprised, so I checked Wikipedia and it says he died today. Oddly, I can’t find any other info. I really hope this is a hoax!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_%22Jabo%22_Starks
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:55 PM
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Aaron Kennedy, drummer friend by way of Ireland/Pennsylvania/Nashville, had a tribute to Jabo on his website, and Facebook today. I'm afraid it is true.
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Old 05-02-2018, 12:08 AM
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It's unfortunately been announced by the family via his Facebook page.

Rest in peace, 'Jabo'
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Old 05-02-2018, 12:15 AM
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Amazing drummer, light jazzy funky brilliance! Was a big influence and shaper of James Browns sound. Rest in peace
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Old 05-02-2018, 12:45 AM
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http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers...bo_Starks.html
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Old 05-02-2018, 01:56 AM
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Loved Jabo, both as a funky drummer and also as a guy with deep integrity that he expressed in every interview I watched.

Just the plain and simple explanations for what he did, no fanfare.

He said he just played 'what he was,' obviously a great natural talent that found his way into the right musical situations and was a perfect fit!
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Old 05-02-2018, 05:14 AM
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I've never heard of him until today, but I didn't realize he played on some of James Brown's best tracks. R.I.P
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:41 AM
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I'm in bits about this. I always fought Jabo's corner when people were debating the influence of Clyde. Loved, loved his playing: Lickin' Stick, Sex Machine, Super Bad, Soul Power, as well as all the great JB's tracks, like Pass The Peas, Doing It To Death, etc.
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Old 05-02-2018, 04:40 PM
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So it is true. Rest In Peace Jabo. I absolutely love his playing on one of my favorite James Brown tracks, The Payback. His groove is so tight without ever getting too busy.
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Sad to hear about this yesterday. Rest In Peace Jab'o!!

If you have the time, this is a really great interview in several episodes with both Jabo and Clyde Stubblefield, hosted by Robert 'Sput' Searight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5acs-zU0TVI
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