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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:21:52 AM PDT
Hi! An impressive bunch of drummers from different genres! But haven´t You forgot Roy Haynes?
Keep Swinging!
Per Zetterberg

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:34:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 6:38:06 AM PDT
Paula Johns says:
How bout a local musician in Philly - Grant MacAvoy! and HIS favorite drummer is Harvey Mason!

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 8:42:10 AM PDT
C W says:
Gene Krupa

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 12:36:52 PM PDT
I mentioned Alla Rakha way back near the beginning of this thread.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 12:42:10 PM PDT
Darth Wader says:
Travis Barker...period

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 1:55:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 1:58:08 PM PDT
Mike Portnoy
Sean Reinert
Mark Zonder
Bobby Jarzombek
Terry Bozzio
Mike Mangini

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 2:06:56 PM PDT
TC says:
Too many to name....Lenny White should be included.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 2:07:25 PM PDT
The Dude says:
There is no best. Billy Cobham is my personal favorite. I have never seen anyone play with that kind of technique, speed, power, musical ability. If you have never seen him play, you're missing a terrific experience. Get his "Spectrum" CD.

On the rock side, Carl Palmer is great, also.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 2:09:05 PM PDT
TC says:
Billy Cobham is one of the greats....

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 2:11:36 PM PDT
Fischman says:
I'm enjoying all the mention of Billy Cobham. As a longtime guitar fan and new guitar player, I've really been getting into an exploration of fusion. I knew McLaughlin was a whiz on the six string and I was tracing the progression of fusion, so I picked up Birds of Fire. As expected, I loved McLaughlin's work, but my first impression upon really listening to that music for the first time was "D@mm, that drummer is amazing! Unique, skilled, musical and pretty much in a league of his own."

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 11:34:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2012 12:00:34 AM PDT
Amen to Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, Moonie, Elvin Jones, Hal Blaine, Ziggy Modeliste, Ginger Baker, Earl Palmer, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, Ringo, Zak Starkey and Gene Krupa, but Tony Allen (Fela Kuti's drummer), Clyde Stubblefield, Tito Puente, Al Jackson Jr. and Max Roach should be included, too. This list includes; big band, swing, jazz, fusion, rock, pop, funk, r&b, studio, Latin and Afro-beat players. Yes "drummers" could include hand-drummers (tabla, conga, etc.), but that's a lot of area to cover-probably should be a separate list.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 5:45:46 AM PDT
cg mitchell says:
i started reading this thread, expecting that Earl Palmer would be mentioned in every third or fourth post. instead no one even mentions him until the sixth or seventh page & then when Mr Box Office points out the glaring omission, someone corrects him back to Carl. Now, my personal preference for rock & roll over prog aside, six mentions of Earl Palmer in twenty-eight pages of generally knowledgeable discussion of rock & jazz drumming is jaw-dropping. around about page twenty-three, Mr S. Lee laments this sad state of affairs & only a couple of people picked it up. even in a world full of good drummers, enough Carl, more Earl.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 8:14:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2012 8:22:13 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
Bernard "Buddy" Rich

After him some of my other favorites:

Maurice White
Fred White
Raymond Pounds
Harvey Mason
Carlton "Carly" Barrett
Max Roach
Ernie Isley - played both drums & guitar
Stevie Wonder
Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood
Stewart Copeland
Dennis Byron
John Robinson
Simon Phillips
Charlie Watts
Gene Krupa
Keith Moon
John Bonham

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 2:42:49 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
Oh and I forgot

Neil Peart

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 2:46:12 PM PDT
Joe Anthony says:
Best drummer of all time!!!

Buddy Rich

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:28:52 PM PDT
Avalon Don says:
Dennis Wilson

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:35:27 PM PDT
I have to shout out for Carter Beauford. One of the things that speaks volumes is the fact that DMB creates such a variety of complex rhythms without calling attention to the percussion. That can only happen when the drummer is so good that everything he does seems effortless and integrates perfectly. His seamless transitions between 7/8 and 4/4 and following a measure tossed in at 3/4 is phenomenal. Watch the documentaries produced with him and read the interviews and studies in the press (American Drummer is a good place to start). He plays a pretty elaborate kit. A lot of drummers will build a similar collections of things to hit, but there is a big difference in having the kit and using them while using them correctly. When asked how he knew which instrument to use with what device he acknowledged that it was a lot of intuition and feeling that there was "the right thing to do at a certain time". Asked how he was sure he was doing that he answered, "Because people buy the records." You can also note that his orchestration is almost identical across several performances.
He joined Carlos Santana for the Supernatural tour immediately demonstrating his comfort across ALL the various Latin beats.
Most drummers talk about practicing on glass when they don't have the right stuff around. Beauford practices on a pillow. He wants to make sure he has absolute control without relying on the chance of a bad bounce.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:46:52 PM PDT
Moon is #1 and Bonham is #2. Nobody else matters.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:51:18 PM PDT
R A says:
George Blackwell.... by far no one can touch his skills

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 6:20:17 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
Actuallly, I believe it was Hal Blaine in the studio for the Beach Boys, as well as many other artists.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 10:10:58 AM PDT
JP says:
I've mentioned this before in this forum, but over a year ago so...for the newbies.....

There is a roundtable discussion among 5 of Zappa's drummers, moderated by Bozzio, on the website "The Drum Channel", about their experiences playing and touring with Zappa.

One of the more amusing discussions is when Ralph Humphries says how nervous he was to go on after Cobham when the Mahavishnu Orchestra opened for the Mothers.

Though he's not up there with Bozzio or Coliuta, of Zappa's legendary drummers being nervous about going on after ANYONE!! :)

Of course everyone at that table; Bozzio, Wakerman, Thompson, etc, sympathized with the guy!!

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 10:40:45 AM PDT
joe d says:
Are most of you people too young to remember, or did time make you forget an original drummer with unbelievable talent. How about BJ Wilson of Procol Harum. Soft and smooth with originality. Go and listen to early Harum and let me know what you think!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 10:52:34 AM PDT
The Dude says:
I think most drummers would feel nervous following Billy Cobham. And after the Mahavishnu Orchestra????

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 12:25:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2012 12:27:42 PM PDT
chloedancer says:
Neil Peart
Stewart Copeland
Matt Cameron

Seen all three live and I also know Neil a bit through mutual friends...He's the best drummer and also a very humble and cool guy to be around, which is equally impressive to me

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 9:21:31 AM PDT
JP says:
The Dude:

Yes, this would be early in the Orchestra's career and at a time when the Mothers were arguably at their peak (remember that later bands were no longer "The Mothers", shortly after this he started touring as just "Zappa")

So yes, the Mahavishnu Orchestra opened for Zappa and the Mothers. And, since the George Duke/Napolean Murphy Brock/Ruth Underwood/ etc line-up of the Mothers played a LOT of jazz fusion, it was a good fit.

People often forget how instrumental Zappa and the Mothers were in the early days of fusion (Hot Rats, The Grand Wazoo, etc). And since this line-up was MUCH more talented than the original Mothers, Zappa was able to push the bounds of his compositional skills like never before. Probably why he grabbed Chester Thompson, a jazz trained drummer, from Weather Report.
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