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1 Ndugu Leon Chancler has sadly Died on Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:11 pm



[Ndugu is Swahili for “earth brother,” a family member or comrade.]

He was 65 years old,
it was  prostate cancer

I loved his Drums   & Roto Toms   &  Percussion  playing
He played with everyone.

Micheal Jackson "Billie Jean"   Produced by Quincy Jones

I was lucky to meet him at RFH London
back in 1988  when he was playing for Santana/ W. Shorter band.


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2 Re: Ndugu Leon Chancler has sadly Died on Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:40 pm

I loved this drummer too Colin!
I have discovered him first on Patrice Rushen "Prelusion"
and then on many and many records between the 70's and 2000's.
Last month i bought a cd from the late George Duke "after hours"
and i really love his playing and sound on this one! R.I.P Mister Chancler.
Peace, Stef.

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3 Re: Ndugu Leon Chancler has sadly Died on Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:56 pm


I cannot believe it!! Oh! One
of my favorites!! I am crushed.

He really influenced me.

NO ONE used the rotos
as musically as he did.

There are so many ex-
amples of his great
sound and command.

Get these:

with George Duke:

Feel (1974)
The Aura Will Prevail (1975)
I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry (1975)
Liberated Fantasies (1976)
The 1976 Solo Keyboard Album (1976)
From Me to You (1977)
Reach for It (1977)
Don't Let Go (1978)

with Jean-Luc Ponty (introducing Patrice Rushen):

Upon the Wings of Music

Thank you for your influence, Ndugu.

RIP, my Ndugu.


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4 Re: Ndugu Leon Chancler has sadly Died on Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:34 am

The :Late and Great Johnny Hammond - Brother Snook 1977

Has Ndugu on Drums and Roto Toms solo, after 3mins
With a rare Ron Carter on "Electric" and Acoustic Basses

Utter Bliss
Ndugu Will Be Missed.



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5 Re: Ndugu Leon Chancler has sadly Died on Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:30 am

Yes, really sorry to hear that. Solid drummer I also was inspired, at the time, his high cymbal setup. Was impressive.

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6 Re: Ndugu Leon Chancler has sadly Died on Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:45 pm

Ndugu  up front On Percussion , Roto toms and Timbales
with Bass Player  Bryon Miller.

This photo was posted by Bryon Lee Miller
on his facebook page.

I think that Photo  is maybe when Ndugu  and Bryon Miller
were in the live USA Santana band  in May 1976.



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7 Re: Ndugu Leon Chancler has sadly Died on Mon May 21, 2018 7:11 pm

Yes, Great drummer with a "sound" ! ... Discovered him early on with his playing on Santana "Amigos", that my brother passed me on when I've been 13/14 years old or so (my first interest in music was Santana '70s period, this is how I discovered also McLaughlin and other fusion music at the time and of course the great Billy Smile )...


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