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Post Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:34 pm

I know who mine are:

Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Joe Morello, Gene Krupa, Steve White, David Garibaldi, Gregg Bissonette... the list goes on.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:18 pm

Hey what about Dennis chamberlin? Other than that the list you wrote should be made of gold. Solid
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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:54 pm

My favorite is and will always be Flo Mounier from Cryptopsy.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:43 am

I`ve seen these lists too many times. It seems that a lot of people truly don`t understand drumming and just lok up the name of the drummer in a band that hey like or pick someone because they can fly at 1000MPH.

Maybe I`ve jumped the gun, cuz you do have some great players listed there.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:04 am

tabbott23 wrote:I know who mine are:

Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Joe Morello, Gene Krupa, Steve White, David Garibaldi, Gregg Bissonette... the list goes on.


There have been so many great drummers. I find it impossible to list them all. Both time and space are insufficient. There have been so many advances made on this wonderful instrument of ours that rating people out of time, as it were, is virtually impossible.

The lineage and history of drumming is very deep. So deep as to be impossible for any of us to truly realise not only who it is among the many greats, but also the time frame that this 'greatness' took place. The drumset is one instrument, but it is also so much more. Each individual drum within the drum kit, as well as the other instruments that have made their way to this instrument have a history all their own. Which then owe their ancestry to the instruments that inspired them. Not to mention the many rhythms that have also found another voice through which to be heard.

I feel that some of the true greats, who fought within the bonds of slavery to preserve their rhythmic culture and heritage, will never be known. But their legacy and heroism survives to this day. Whether passed on through the blues or other forms, we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. We drummers are to a great extent children of these unknown but dedicated drummers. We drummers are all children of a worldwide culture and love of drumming, a love of rhythm.

Every great drummer, whether it be Buddy Rich or Elvin Jones, Dave Lombardo or Mongo Satamaria, every one of them represents a passage in rhythm. Of a universal language that is larger than any one individual. Rhythm contains no racism, no boundaries and no hatred. It is a coming together in peace and dance, and joy.

So it is impossible for me to list any single individual. I'd rather list as a whole the entire drumming and percussive community. No matter the skill level of each player. The fact that one has decided to enter this community is great in itself.

At least that is how I feel.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:02 pm

Steve Gadd.

That is all.

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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:07 pm

If anyone actually mentions The Term Barker or Travis. I will kill..

I'd go with Gene Hoglan or Aaron Gillespie. Aaron is just one of my favs. Not the best but good.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:26 pm

Travis Barker IS an accomplished drummer, and an exceptional rudimentalist. I have to give credit for that. Do I like him? God no. However, I must honor that he does have some chops.

Heck, even Jerry Lewis had a small amount of playing ability. Small, but there.

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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:47 pm

You people ever heard of Neil Peart? or maybe John Bonham? so far you have named Weiner drummers that didnt know how to pound a drum kit.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:50 pm

wickerman wrote:You people ever heard of Neil Peart? or maybe John Bonham? so far you have named Weiner drummers that didnt know how to pound a drum kit.


Good man yourself. Finally someone shares my passion for Neil Peart. Then, there's Virgil Donati, Gene Hoglan, Mike Portnoy, Aaron Comess, Thomas Lang, Terry Bozzio and countless others.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:50 pm

Well that's always a hard on to say. To me it's about infulence. Copeland<POLICE> I would have to say is up there
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:56 pm

Ian Paice, anyone?!
and Phil Collins.

Both are great in the respect that they both obviously have great skills and technique, but even more important:

They know how to drive the songs forward, and always play something that suits the song.

That's good drummers in my book.

I agree on most of the drummers mentioned above, but I am really surprised that no one has mentioned Louie Bellson. Besides Buddy Rich, no one comes close to him from the "old school" drummers.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:57 pm

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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:58 pm

can i just say, in response to 'demented drummer', i was just interested to see who everyone's into at the moment. i don't care the slightest bit whether someone can play 1000bpm and i know there is no such thing as 'the best drummer in the world' because everyone likes different stuff
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:59 pm

It's almost impossible to judge who the "greatest" drummers out there are, but most drummers have their favorites for different reasons. There are some incredible drummers listed, so I'm just gonna name my top 3:

1. Neil Peart (Rush) - This guy is so creative and with the nice "bag o' tricks" that Rush always has in all their songs, his parts are perfect. There is a fine line between doing just what a song needs and overdoing it. He nails it on every song and does things I try (too hard sometimes) to recreate.

2. Brandon Saller (Atreyu) - This dude can really play. Nowadays it seems harder and harder to find metal drummers that don't just "whacka whacka" non stop. Saller accents every little guitar rhythm and keeps the groove going exceptionally well. The fact that he's also an incredible singer/songwriter for the band doesn't hurt his standing with me either...

3. Tre Cool (Green Day) - He's been a favorite of mine for a long time, mainly from growing up learning drums to Green Day and Blink 182, but personal nostalgia aside, he's one of the best in my opinion. With Mike Dirnt laying down fat bass lines on top of punk style guitar and singing, that requires a certain blend of styles that Tre Cool just nails. He's fast, precise, and entertaining. What's not to love, honestly?

It was hard to just pick 3, but I stand firm!