The Q 
(Quintessential Recordings)

The Q is the gateway to my recommended Quintessential tracks of the key artists in the rhythmic styles and genres that are the focus of Avodrums. These are recordings that I go back to again and again to gain insight and inspiration for creating grooves and rhythmic ideas.  Each track is specially chosen by me to reflect a certain aspect of that particular artist's rhythmic and musical innovation.  Listen and learn!

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James Brown

The Meters

Bob Marley and the Wailers

Fela Kuti

The Poets of Rhythm (also the Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector and the Malcouns)


Sly and the Family Stone

The Black Keys

Carlinhos Brown

The Neville Brothers

Parliament Funkadelic

The Wild Tchoupitoulas

The Wild Magnolias

Jungle Fire

Ikebe Shakedown

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings/ Daptone 

The Daktaris

Lack of Afro


Lee Fields and the Expressions

Famoudou Konate

Mamady Keita




The Budos Band

The Mighty Imperials