Dennis Chambers: D.B.D.
Dennis Chambers (drums)
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Dominique Di Piazza (bass).
Composed by Dennis Chambers, Biréli Lagrène & Dominique Di Piazza.
Recorded: Paris, January 2000
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
"D.B.D." comes off as this band's end-of-the-first-set number. It is their "Rhythm-A-Ning." Part boogie, part Gypsy blues and part shuffle, "D.B.D." encapsulates the skill of each player into 3:48. And what skill it is! In the skittering introduction, Lagrène and Di Piazza facilely match each other note for note. Chambers, perhaps the preeminent fusion drummer of our times, owns the break with a muscular display of time- keeping dexterity. Lagrène then does his best impression of the good Larry Coryell as bluesman. The trio repeats the catchy intro and ends it on a high note mid-phrase. "Yeah!" we shout as the band leaves the stage. It's time to hit the men's room, get a gin & tonic and sit back down. The second set starts in about 20 minutes.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky