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by John Robinson

This funk/jazz CD has something for everyone from, jazz, rock, funk and a vocal lullaby featuring the most recorded drummer in history, John Robinson.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Flight 81
4:35 $0.99
2. Reshuffle
4:21 $0.99
3. Tellin Lies [Cold As Ice]
5:14 $0.99
4. Good Ole Times
4:14 $0.99
5. Sister Sadie
4:27 $0.99
6. Cool TV
4:53 $0.99
7. Hair Of The Dog
5:59 $0.99
8. Sierra
4:43 $0.99
9. Skunkin
5:35 $0.99
10. Lullaby For Jack
4:09 $0.99
11. Montebelluna Drum Solo
12:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist John Robinson has released his first solo CD Funkshui. With help of the world's finest musicians, Neil Stubenhaus, Gary Grant, Mark Williamson, Jeff Lorber, Ross Bolton, Leland Sklar, Brandon Fields, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Thompson and Dan Higgins, JR has assembled a collection of original songs sure to please his countless fans. As is evident on past recordings with Rufus and Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Steve Winwood, his signature style is unmistakable. This drumming pioneer has brought to this solo recording his love of Jazz, Funk and Rock and his solid groove. Mastered in the SACD format, which captures the incredible energy of the performances in surround, this listening experience puts you right in the center of the music. Funkshui is a labor of love by one of the greatest musicians of all time. JR's great drumming skills have graced countless hit records in all musical genres. Join the GROOVE!

John was born in Creston, Iowa on December 29, 1954. He's the son of the late optometrist, Dr. Jack Robinson and the late Helen Sloan. Both parents, through music, had a strong effect on John. He started on piano at the age of 5 and on drums at the age of 8. John turned pro when he started his first band at the young age of 10.
After attending many music camps throughout junior and senior high school, John chose to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, John was introduced to a whole world variety of culture through music.
While touring with his own band in early 1978, John got his break. Rufus and Chaka Khan came into the club where John was playing and by the third set, the band 'Rufus' was sitting in with John! Within a few weeks later, John had moved to Los Angeles to finish the 1978 Rufus world tour!
In late 1978, John was introduced to Quincy Jones. "Q" asked John if he did sessions outside Rufus. Of course he said "yes" and John was in the studio recording 'Off The Wall' for Michael Jackson. Ever since that record, "JR's" phone has been ringing 'off the wall'!
JR has become the most recorded drummer in history, even surpassing the great Hal Blaine. Some of the hits are, We Are The World, All Night Long by Lionel Richie, I'm So Excited and Slow Hand by the Pointer Sisters, I'm Just A Gigolo and California Girls by David Lee Roth, Higher Love and Back In The Highlife by Steve Winwood, Express Yourself by Madonna, Off The Wall and Bad and the new upcoming CD for Michael Jackson, the new Natalie Cole CD,"Stardust" and Change The World by Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones' "The Dude", "Q's Jook Joint" and "From Q With Love" and Ray Charles, "Genius Loves Company, to name a few. Of course in 1983 JR won a Grammy with Rufus and Chaka Khan for "Ain't Nobody".
John has been the drummer for Quincy Jones since 1979 and the drummer for Barbra Streisand since 1993. He just finished Barbra Streisand's "Timeless" world tour of Australia and the United States.
JR has also played on a number of motion pictures including, My Cousin Vinny, Grand Canyon, Pure Country, Phenomenon, The Body Guard, First Wives Club, Celtic Pride, Dave, Denise The Menace, Evening Star, Father's Day, Free Willy, Hercules, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Independence Day, Jerry McGuire, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Little Rascals, Nothing To Lose, Nutty Professor, The Preacher's Wife, Quest For Camelot, South Park, Space Jam, Tin Cup, The Waterboy, Dinosaur, America's Sweethearts, Rush Hour 2 and That Thing That You Do, Hollywood Homicide, Raising Helen, Starsky & Hutch, Mr. 3000, Garfield, Ladder 49, 13 Going On 30, Dodgeball, Colateral and Team America.
JR also has his two signature series snare drums out with Yamaha and his own signature sticks with the Zildjian company.
John just released his solo CD, "Funkshui" and is producing several projects. He maintains a recording studio in Thousand Oaks, CA.
JR will continue to add his magic on many hits to come with his recognized sound employing great time and a great groove.



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Georg Pilger

Wow - this will blow you away! A great masterpiece from one of the best drummer ever! This is pure groove!


Great groove inside!!!
Mr John "JR" Robinson signs here his 1st CD solo release and does it pretty well... He's been one of my favourite drummer for a long time and I am reaally looking for hearing his 2nd one! Very groovy music including Jazz, Funk...

Tommy signe Larsson

great cd, good songs and fantastic drumming as always with Mr. Robinson
What a cd!!! fantastic grooves,great songs and of course good sound, great producing.


JR is "The King of Groove!"
A great record from the start. JR has put together a collection of slamming tunes that truly show his unique style and killer "Groove". None better at creating the "Fattest Pocket"... AWESOME PLAYING AND FLAWLESS SOUND!

Pumphouse Gang

Very,Very Moving! The best collection of grooves and styles I've heard in a long time!!!

Tim Towae

Great grooves, great horns, great musicians. CD is not to "drum-based", but has a real band vibe. Fantastic.


One of the greatest drummers ever, plays soulful music. Great musicians, great grooves! those drumtracks are killers!