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Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by hookakat1, Feb 12, 2020.
Mark Brzezicki- Big Country
I always love this Gene Krupa performance. And Buddy Rich and Elvin Jones are tough to beat, too.
Oh, man. Gadd may be the best drummer alive.
Forget BOA and Whitesnake. When you're hired by Pat Travers, you'd better be a kick ass musician.
Nice little analysis. Would love more of these kinds of posts in the thread.
For me no one touches Gavin Harrison.
I'm a guitar player, not a drummer. I just like the way guys in my list whack things.
Jimmy Chamberlin is easily my favorite drummer. It's not even close.
After him it goes:
My #5 slot is probably a tie between Matt Cameron, Danny Carey, and Josh Freese.
Oh yes! Love his marching band swing!
That kid who sat behind me in 6th grade who used to tap on his desk with pencils. He was good. Real good.
I forgot to mention Charlie Watts.
As to the thread premise: for my money, Keith Moon was great, but inconsistent and unpredictable. He sounded like a drum kit falling down a flight of stairs sometimes. I love me some early Who (especially Sell Out and A Quick One), but there are times when the drumming just takes too much attention away from the song itself.
I’ve never dug Bonham, although that’s sacrilege, I’m sure. Too relentlessly heavy for me, to the point of plodding. Even less subtlety than Moon, which isn’t easy to do. Not enough swing for me, either. What I like about Zeppelin is the heavy blues/hard rock swagger, never the drumming.
As for Neil Peart, I feel like his entire career was essentially an attempt to justify not being able to swing (at all) with technical facility. Being adept doesn’t mean being “good,” I’ve always felt. For me, if there’s no swing, no flow, there’s no song. I’ve never been able to make it to the end of a single Rush song. The Ayn-Rand-fueled objectivist lyrics are also a major turn-off. Peart was responsible for those, but that doesn’t impact his drumming, I know.
Tons of great ones. Huge favs for me include Dale Crover, Chad Smith, Dave Grohl, Tre Cool (yep) among better known drummers.
Paul Hammond from Atomic Rooster and Hard Stuff is a favourite.