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Nile Rodgers: Sophisticated Funk

Gene Santoro, Downbeat, September 1985

IN FUNKLAND there are many traditions, only two of which need concern us right now. The first comprises guitarists who could be described as Rhythm Masters, whose main role is to propel the music — and listeners' feet — with stuttering, syncopated chordal lines and arpeggiations that function like a riffing horn section: Jimmy Nolen and Stevie Cropper are among the art's best-known practitioners.

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