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Joined: 6/8/2012
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Blake Richardson-Between The Buried And Me
Matt Halpern-Periphery
Scott McPhail-Grüvis Malt
Chris Pennie-Dillinger Escape Plane/Coheed and Cambria
Chad Sexton-311
Riley Breckenridge-Thrice
Joined: 9/22/2008
Msg: 137
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Posted: 10/16/2012 3:31:12 PM
I can't remember if I mentioned Narada Michael Walden or not, but his stuff with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Robert Fripp, etc, was incredible.
Joined: 4/25/2012
Msg: 138
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Posted: 10/21/2012 11:15:33 PM
If you want to see some insane drumming, check out Nordger from Asmodeus and Francesco Paoli from Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Joined: 9/23/2012
Msg: 139
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Posted: 10/22/2012 12:28:44 AM
Dave Lombardo
Pete Sandoval
George Kolias
Joined: 7/4/2010
Msg: 140
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Posted: 10/28/2012 6:45:21 PM
Was Animal from The Muppets mentioned ?
Joined: 10/22/2010
Msg: 141
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Posted: 10/28/2012 6:55:15 PM
Was Animal from The Muppets mentioned ?

Here ya go.

Joined: 10/8/2012
Msg: 142
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Posted: 10/30/2012 10:38:39 PM
Spencer Corbin.
Joined: 2/2/2011
Msg: 144
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Posted: 11/6/2012 4:01:01 AM
5- Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)

4- Ginger Baker (Cream)

3- Keith Moon (The Who)

2- Neil Pert (Rush)

1- John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Case Closed.
Joined: 6/15/2011
Msg: 145
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Posted: 11/13/2012 7:27:07 PM
Someone said that it all depends on the type of music. I do agree with that! Another thing I always point out to people is that, (Here goes!) if you look at a list on the internet of the best drummers, Most are famous simply because they were in a famous band. I'll use examples: One of my favourite bands of all time are the Beatles. Ringo Starr, as great as he is at time keeping and such, is not one of the best drummers ever, technically speaking. He is one of the most famous, because he was a Beatle. Same with Lars Ulrich, again in one of my favourite bands as well!

Here are some of my faves:

Steve Gadd (Probably my all time favourite drummer. I just love his playing on "Late in the Evening" and "50 ways to leave your lover", both songs by paul simon)
Bernard Purdie (Soulful, Groovy and Funky!)
Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band! One of the greatest Jam drummers around!)
Travis Barker (Many will disagree, but he used to play marching band stuff, and that takes skill)
Liberty Devito ( Check out the song "Get it right the first time" by billy joel. What a great groove)
Neal Peart( Great Rock drummer, challenging to play his stuff!)
Stewart Copeland (Great drummer)
Jeff Porcaro (The man behind the Rosanna groove)
John Dolmayan ( Metal drummer for system of a down)
John Bonham (Probably one of the greatest rock drummers of all time!)
Buddy Rich ( I am trying to learn jazz, and this man is one of the best, alongside Ed Shaugnassey)
Dave Weckl (Just, wow)
Chad Smith (red Hot Chilli Peppers. He does play a little too hard for my liking, but I love his grooves)
Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette)
Nigel Olsson ( Great drummer in Elton John's band)
Chris Fryar (Zac Brown band)
David Garibaldi ( Tower of power drummer. Man can this guy play! Check out "What is hip?")

And I could go on and on and on forever, but these are a few, or maybe a list, that popped into my head at the moment. What do you guys think of this list?
Joined: 2/24/2012
Msg: 146
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Posted: 11/18/2012 9:22:38 PM

I also separate pure jazz drummers from rock drummers due to the styles being so different. But rock drummers like Phil Collins, Carl Palmer, Bill Bruford, and many of the art-rock/fusion jazz scene were really great.

Agree with separating the styles.
But if you're going to put Phil Collins on there then how about Chester Thompson since he goes head-on with Phil in concert.
Another art-rock/prog drummer I'd add to the list (although not saying he's "the best") is John Weathers from Gentle Giant if for no other reason than he could keep a steady beat while all hell was breaking loose around him and then bring em all back together.

#1 rock drummer - John Bonham.
Joined: 12/16/2012
Msg: 147
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Posted: 12/19/2012 10:52:42 AM
Dave Betts, Phil Collins, Chester Thompson, Frank Beard, Peter Criss, and Alex Van Halen.
Joined: 8/22/2012
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Posted: 12/19/2012 5:44:10 PM
I would take Elvin Jones over Buddy anyday

I'm with you on that and most bandleaders would concur regardless of whether you refer to Buddy Rich or Buddy Miles. Both Buddy Miles and Buddy Rich deserve mention because they were great drummers. Elvin Jones I think was better. Yet Buddy Rich was best at self promotion.
I hear a lot of mention of Bonham and Moon but that is simply based on a type of Rock format. There is a huge segment here that obviously greatly favor Rock styled drummers over those who performed in other genres or even those that crossed genre, which is unfortunate.
I offer these not in ranking order but simply because when I think of great drummers/percussionists these names in addition to those already mentioned in this thread stick out:
Jorge Luis "Changuito" Quintana
Abdullah Ibn Buhaina(Art Blakey)
Earl Palmer
Luciano Chano Pozo González
Papa Jo Jones
Kenny Clarke
Zigaboo Ziggy Modeliste
Mitch Mitchell
Roy Haynes
Louis Bellson
Philly Joe Jones
Max Roach
Tony Allen
Fred Below
Louis Cottrell
Liaqat Ali Salaam(Kenny Clarke)
Gene Krupa
John “Jabo” Starks
Warren "Baby" Dodds
Bill Bruford
Tony Williams
Sly Dunbar
Jack DeJohnette
Carlton Barrett
Charlie Watts
Chick Webb
Clyde Stubblefield
Dennis Chambers
Al Jackson, Jr.
Bernard Purdie
Joined: 11/1/2012
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Posted: 12/20/2012 6:41:34 PM
The word best is relative only to your own personal tastes.
Some would say the fastest is the best.
Some would say those that keep perfect time are the best.
To me, there are hundreds of great drummers, all of whom have been mentioned and I Love them all.
I will throw "Clyde Stubblefield" into the mix since he played two of my favorite grooves in "Funky Drummer" and "Cold Sweat" while playing with James Brown. Rock drummers are a dime a dozen and they all sound the same.
Dave weckl is as close to perfect time as I have seen (almost too perfect) and I really respect him and Vinnie and Steve Gadd and Carter Beauford and the list never ends. It's a very very long list. There is no such thing as best drummer.
There has to be a unit of measurement in order to determine the "best" at anything.
Joined: 6/20/2009
Msg: 150
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Posted: 3/15/2013 7:21:41 PM
The drummers I really like are:

Phil Collins (at first I didn't think much of his drumming because I had only heard stuff like "In the air tonight" and "take me home" but then when I started to listen to early Genesis stuff I came to realize that he was capable of some very complex stuff)

Mitch Mitchell

Neil Peart

and my favorite drummer? that would probably be Buddy Rich
Joined: 7/14/2007
Msg: 151
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Posted: 3/16/2013 8:31:26 AM
John Bonham is the one for me,if Jimmy Page had offered a riff as quircky as Black Dog to most drummers of that time they would have thrown their sticks at him but Bonham was always able to take the wackiest stuff that Page, Jones or Plant could come up with and give it that powerful forward momentum that a great rock song needs.He knew when to play and when not to play,when to be fancy and show off a bit and how to take a song like Kashmir and give it the simplest beat that can hold your attention for 8 minutes and 31 seconds and he could play at breakneck speed for 10 minutes to a riff that by itselfmade little sense which is Achilles Last Stand.I have heard many of Page's riffs by themselves....he's a great player but without Bonham I don't think many of them would be the household words that they are came as no surprise that they called it quits when he died.
Joined: 8/11/2005
Msg: 152
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Posted: 3/18/2013 4:53:25 PM
Yeah, I've actually heard some claim that Bonham is overrated. I can't help but think that they are arrogant, young drummers who are too green to know any better. My response to that opinion is "No, Bonham is very properly rated."

He actually had a bit of an inferiority complex about his skills because he compared himself to all the jazz greats. Such is the artistic temperament, I guess...
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Joined: 6/24/2008
Msg: 154
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Posted: 3/23/2013 1:33:00 PM
I never cared for Genesis from start to finish, but Phil could play, Check out his side project Brand X, sonds like Mahavisnu crossed with relayer era Yes.

Black Dog was JP Jones riff. Used to be a great Bass Player article on line with jones on the time sig and the right way to count it.
Joined: 7/7/2012
Msg: 156
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Posted: 3/24/2013 3:47:57 PM
Keith moon of the who
Joined: 2/3/2007
Msg: 157
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Posted: 5/30/2013 5:49:02 PM
Gene Krupa brought the drummer to prominence.
Joined: 6/21/2013
Msg: 158
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Posted: 9/5/2013 8:36:46 PM
IAN PAICE -DEEP PURPLE E.G Songs- Burn, Fireball, You fool no one . The Mule -Made in japan.

BARRIEMORE BARLOW, CLIVE BUNKER -JETHRO TULL - E.G ALBUMS -Bursting out live, Minstrel in the gallery, This was.


Joined: 5/14/2012
Msg: 159
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Posted: 4/17/2014 3:49:05 PM
Myke Wilson
Dave Weckl
Chris Dave
Eric Moore II
Joined: 3/24/2014
Msg: 160
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Posted: 4/27/2014 7:15:44 AM
Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
George Kolias
John Longstreth

Metal drummers > Everyone else

p.s Metal drummers are usually trained in jazz. Which is why they kick so much ass.
Joined: 4/20/2014
Msg: 161
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Posted: 5/22/2014 8:19:36 PM
not the best recording


But I think my drummers pretty good.
Joined: 6/9/2011
Msg: 162
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Posted: 8/18/2014 2:31:26 PM
Zach Hill
Brian Chippendale
Joined: 8/11/2005
Msg: 163
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Posted: 10/30/2014 9:29:33 PM
In an effort to get some of the fresh "faces" of drumming in here, I submit jazz/funk drummer John Blackwell and rockers Marco Minneman and Gavin Harrison-- all brilliant and all under 45 years old!

Edit: oops... Harrison is over 50.
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