I love Karl, he is super funky. He has a way of playing a lot of notes and keeping it real melodic and funky. He is a super nice guy too. Maceo is the man for funk of course. Lenny Picket is also one funky dude.No one mentions Karl Denson when talking funk/ groove players...one of the best out there! Check him out with his band Tiny Universe, and with The GreyBoy All-Stars.
On a non-saxophone note, check out John Scofield...He plays a lot of great lines, and he usually has a great sax player with him too...
Same advice: Listen to great players, and REALLY copy them...When you learn a lick, don't just learn the notes, learn everything: attack and ending of notes (tongue, slap, etc), vibrato, slurs, trills, and don't forget dynamic changes. Listening, singing, THEN figuring it out on the horn is my preferred method of learning tunes.wow, thank you for all the advise guys, it's been really helpfull.
so you are saying that the best way to learn funk rhythm is too listen and copy, then it will come in handy when improvising.
i kinda felt that when i tried to play "pass the peas" from maceo's life on planet groove, and people told me i was really improving.
any advise on how to practice my articulation?
That's the real deal there for sure!