The first time I saw this clip of Bill Withers on The Old Grey Whistle Test, I knew it wouldn't be the last. I knew this because of drummer, James Gadson. If there is a more perfect example of being "in the pocket," I don't know what it is. I can't stop looking at him. That shit-eating grin tells me, he knew exactly how funky bad he was.
I only just came across the Beat Club clip below, thanks to the great New Orleans guitarist and funk man, Billy Iuso. Again, James Gadson lays it down like a cool machine. I could watch him play this groove all day.