“I had never played with a bass player who was that funky,” Jabo said about Bootsy Collins.

James Brown’s “old band” quit after James refused to meet their demand for better treatment. Jabo stuck around though.

James sent his jet to Cincinnati to pick up his “new band” that included a teenage Bootsy and his brother, Catfish (guitar).

The new band was doing a new thing with James’ sound. Even the old material sounded fresh. So James took an idea that had been around (“Sex Machine”) and put it down with his new backing band.

Jabo swings this beat like mad.

Dec. 18, 2011

Jabo Starks