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|Born||May 9, 1959|
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, funk, Latin rock|
|Instruments||Drums and Percussion|
Dennis Chambers (born May 9, 1959) is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers has become well known among drummers for his technique and speed. Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play "in the pocket" but can also stretch very far out of the pocket which is also a hallmark of his technique. Chambers exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient, yet highly musical and groove-oriented. He can play in a wide variety of musical genres, but is perhaps most notable for his jazz-fusion, funk, and Latin music playing. He is mostly known for his fast hands and triplets on the bass drum. He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster, Jr.
In 2007, just before Led Zeppelin were scheduled to play at the O2 Arena in London, John Bonham's son Jason was asked in an interview that if he himself were to pass up the opportunity, which drummer would he recommend to fill the coveted drum throne. His reply was 'If I were to choose, I would probably want a jazz drummer with a strong swing feel. You know what - Dennis Chambers. I think he would "get it", whereas other rock drummers wouldn't.'
In an interview by Bonedo in 2011 Dennis Chambers was asked who some of his influences and favorite drummers were and he mentioned Clyde Stubblefield, Al Jackson, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gary Husband, Jack Dejohnette, Billy Cobham, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, and Tony Williams.
He performed on the critically acclaimed Maceo Parker live album "Roots and Grooves" album with long time friend Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (bass) and the WDR Big Band. He has toured extensively with Carlos Santana and makes appearances with his band Niacin.
Chambers began drumming at the age of four years old, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. He was recruited in 1981 by the Sugar Hill Label to be their "house drummer." Dennis plays on many Sugar Hill releases including, "Rapper's Delight." In 1978 (at 18 years old) he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985. In 1986 he joined the John Scofield band. Since then he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music.
On August 26, 2011 Chambers appeared as a featured drummer on the Late Show with David Letterman's Drum Solo Week II, alongside other such notable players as Tony Royster, Jr., Gavin Harrison, Neil Peart and Stewart Copeland.
|1983||P-Funk All Stars||Live at the Beverly Theater in Hollywood||Westbound|
|1986||John Scofield||Blue Matter||Gramavision|
|1987||John Scofield||Loud Jazz||Gramavision|
|1987||John Scofield||Pick Hits Live||Gramavision|
|1989||Gary Thomas||By All Means Necessary||JMT|
|1990||Bill Evans Group (Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb, Jim Beard, Darryl Jones, Dennis Chambers)||Let The Juice Loose (Live at the Blue Note, Tokyo)||Bellaphon|
|1991||Dennis Chambers||Big City||Glass House|
|1992||Carl Filipiak Group (Carl Filipiak, Dennis Chambers, Paul Soroka, Jim Charlsen, Victor Williams, George Gray, Dave Fairall, Rod Daniels)||Right on Time||Geometric Records|
|1992||Petite Blonde (Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb, Mitch Forman, Victor Bailey, Dennis Chambers)||Live Recording||Lipstick Records|
|1992||The Return Of The Brecker Brothers||The Return Of The Brecker Brothers||GRP Records|
|1992||Dennis Chambers||Getting Even||Glass House|
|1993||Graffiti (Dennis Chambers, Haakon Graf, Gary Grainger, Ulf Wakenius)||Good Groove||ESC Records|
|1993||Charles Blenzig (Mike Stern, Will Lee, Alex Foster, Dennis Chambers, Manolo Badrena, Michael Brecker)||Say what you mean||Big World|
|1994||John McLaughlin & The Free Spirits||Tokio Live||Japan Import|
|1995||Steely Dan||Alive in America||Giant|
|1997||John McLaughlin, Gary Thomas||The Heart of Things||Verve/Universum|
|1999||Victor Bailey||Low Blow||ESC Records|
|2000||John McLaughlin||The Heart Of Things / Live In Paris||Polygram|
|2000||CAB, Bunny Brunel, Tony MacAlpine,||Tone Center Records|
|2001||CAB 2, Bunny Brunel, Tony MacAlpine,||Tone Center Records|
|2001||Brett Garsed, TJ Helmerich, Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey||Uncle Moe's Space Ranch||Tone Center Records|
|2002||CAB 4, Bunny Brunel, Tony MacAlpine,||Tone Center Records|
|2003||Greg Howe, Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers||Extraction||Tone Center Records|
|2003||Bireli Lagrene, Dominique Di Piazza, Dennis Chambers||Front Page||Sunny Side Records|
|2006||Dennis Chambers||Planet Earth||BHM|
|2006||Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, David Fiuczynsky, T Lavitz||Boston T Party||Tone Center|
|2006||True Spirit John Grant, Victor Williams Dennis Chambers, Najee,||True Spirit||Indy release|
|2007||The Carl Filipiak Group||I Got Your Mantra||Art of Life Records|
|2007||Maceo Parker WDR Big Band Cologne Michael Abene conductor, Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (bass)||Roots and Grooves||Heads Up|
|2007||Brett Garsed, TJ Helmerich, Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey||Moe's Town (Uncle Moe's Space Ranch)||Tone Center Records|
|2008||Paul Hanson||Frolic in the Land of Plenty||Abstract Logix Records|
|2009||Dean Brown||DBIII:live at the Cotton Club Tokyo||BHM records|
|2009||Tony Bunn||Small World||ATP Records Group|
|2010||Greg Howe, Tetsuo Sakurai, Dennis Chambers||Vital World||Abstract Logix Records|
- Drummerworld: Dennis Chambers
- Dennis Chambers Bio, Interview & Video-Workshop on Bonedo.de (text-German/video-English)