May 9, 2009

The Meters - Cissy Strut


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This has got to be one of the funkiest drum parts in history, Cissy Strut released in 1969 on The Meters self-titled debut. Above is the original part that Zigaboo played with two hands on the hihats. It's near impossible to replicate the feel and groove of Zig's original cut but I trust you'll have fun trying to find the pocket on this one. The hihat notes in brackets are optional. On the original Meters recording Zig starts the tune with out this note but adds it in later.

Below is a cleaner, more 'studio' take on the groove by Dennis Chambers from his Dennis Chambers: In The Pocket DVD. It's still played with that great New Orleans lope, but the kick drum part is stripped back nicely. Enjoy.

For more Zigaboo and The Meters check out Live Wire and Just Kissed My Baby.

3 comments:

Johan said...

you actually have to play this sitting in an armchair.

MC Swiftus said...

Nice. The Dennis Chambers version is my jam!

You should really check out the Pete Eye Trio cover of Cissy, which you can find at this dude's site:
http://www.versionsgalore.com/2011/02/14/what-a-bunch-of-cissys/

Anonymous said...

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