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Best drummer.. ever?

Discussion in 'music' started by The Captain, Jan 21, 2023.

  1. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Met Baron in a club once, after a Frissell show, he was very friendly and a good chatter.
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  2. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Me too, I ate one sour too.

    It's great when that happens. I've met Steve Noble a few times. Really down to earth guy. Same went for Keith Tippett - who was amazing at telling dirty jokes.
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  3. Aethelist

    Aethelist pfm Member

    No mention of Richie Hayward ?
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  4. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    Technically no-one, including even Cobham, comes close to this dude.
    Thomas Lang. Unbelievable technique and his footwork is other worldly. Four limb independence beyond anyone else I’ve seen.

    My favourite real drummer is Michal Miskiewicsz
  5. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    Sorry to quote this again but this fell into my YouTube feed. Seems like a good place to share.

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  6. Sean K

    Sean K pfm Member

    I'm a big fan of Al Jackson. He's an excellent example of what many have mentioned above, making it all about the song/music, rather than himself; sympathy and listening. Goodness, how Stax stuff makes you want to dance. His little rolls on the snare at the end of a bar, heralding the downbeat at the start of the next one. He and Bernard Purdie always make me want to pick up and plug in my bass. I love how Green Onions just swings On paper (in notation), Tramp, just looks so ordinary, but the feel he gives it...
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  7. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    Technically no-one including even Cobham, comes close to this dude.
    Thomas Lang. Unbelievable technique and his footwork is other worldly.

    My favourite drummer is Michal Miscewicsz
  8. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad My intelligence test came back negative.

    Not repeating earlier mentions, many great, some others to think about:
    • Hannah Welton (Prince)
    • Mike Dooley (The Enemy, Toy Love, ...)
    • Paul Humphrey (Motown)
    • Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Libertines, ....)
  9. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

  10. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    Bill Bruford, Steve Gadd (the one from Charlie) and Phil Collins before he went MOR, Ringo Starr, Michael Giles
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  11. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    ...Sons of Kemet. I really like Seb's playing too. I miss being able to go to see Polar Bear at The Vortex.

    Have you heard the Pulled By Magnets record? Sax/bass/drums trio recorded in a church in Stoke Newington for maximum reverb - bonkers sounding, like some kind of jazz / doom metal hybrid.

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  12. Sean K

    Sean K pfm Member

    This is terrific, right up my street, thanks
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  13. Muttley2

    Muttley2 pfm Member

    The ones that spring to my mind, I'm sure there are more that I have enjoyed
    Neil Peart
    Keith Moon
    John Bonham
    Ilan Rubin
    Phil Collins
    Dave Grohl
    Taylor Hawkins
    Buddy Rich
    Charlie Watts
    Mitch Mitchell
    Charlie Hall
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  14. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    Clive Bunker never gets the recognition he deserves.

  15. Nigel

    Nigel pfm Member

    That's because Barriemore Barlow was better! ;)
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  16. BillT

    BillT pfm Member

    Nate Smith is the Ace of Aces

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  17. tenpercenter

    tenpercenter Don't ya rile 'em.....

    Stuart Copeland for pop / rock

    Billy Cobham for jazz/funk
  18. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    I guess this is greatly going to depend on what sort of music you like and have knowledge of, I don't really like Jazz and have little knowledge of, my favourite drummers are probably all from 'contemporary' bands (not Jazz or Blues) like
    Jimmy Chamberlain, Matt Cameron, Dave Grohl, Barrett Martin as well as the 'classic' greats like Mason, Bonham, etc, etc
  19. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    Far preferable is the Roland TR- 808

    The Linn pretends to be real, the 808 revels in its synthetic creations.

    there is even a (great) documentary about it.
  20. Funk

    Funk pfm Member

    I don't think there can ever be a 'best' - there are drummers who are clearly astonishing but in their own different ways. Here are a few modern drummers that have blown me away of late:

    Greyson Nekrutman:

    Eloy Casagrande:

    Mario Duplantier:

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