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I knew I had to check Karriem Riggins on his two day stay at Yoshi’s in Oakland. For weeks I procrastinated and pretended I couldn’t swing it, but made a decision late yesterday it absolutely had to go down. It was the best decision I have made in a minute.
I have never seen a more technically flawless and down right funky drummer like Karriem. The patterns and syncopation dude was laying out combined everything I love about Jazz and Hip-Hop drumming from 3/4 rhythms to syrupy neck snappers.
As the Karriem Riggins’ Virtuoso Experience (backed by piano/Rhodes, vibes and bass) he led the ensemble though numbers from cats like Elvin Jones and Burt Bacharach and then later collaborated with DJ Dummy for an equally amazing Dilla set. Considering the events of the day it was only fitting for a Michael tribute, and Oakland’s own Goapele helped out with a chilling rendition of “I Can’t Help It.”
It was an all around amazing performance. The Mochilla crew was in the building filming the whole thing so hopefully the rest of the world can witness the magic that took place.
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