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After being inspired first by early rock and roll bands as a kid and later by the British Invasion, I started playing drums at the age of twelve in the
Sixties. I took a few lessons and had a basic set of drums. Years later, after seeing what Ginger Baker was doing with Cream, I started using two bass drums in
There are a lot of drummers whose playing has influenced mine, including the original "killer" rock drummers, Ginger Baker with Cream and Keith Moon with The
Who. Another outstanding drummer that had a big impact on my playing was perhaps the greatest funk drummer of all time, David Garibaldi, with Tower of Power.
David's innovative and incredibly tasty drumming inspired a lot of us.
Billy Cobham's playing really changed my life. In 1972, when I first heard him play (with the Mahavishnu Orchestra), I thought what he was doing was
impossible. But by 1975 I had studied his playing enough that I sounded a lot like him. In my view his best music was done in the Seventies. His first three
solo albums remain my favorites: Spectrum, Crosswinds, and Total Eclipse. This is music that I consider to be an important part of the basic library of anyone
studying jazz drumming, rock drumming, or the origins of jazz-rock fusion.
And then there's Buddy Rich. The absolute ultimate jazz drummer. A technical master.
Completely self-taught, he started playing before he was two years old. After practicing hard for over forty years, Buddy did such a good job of playing
things that were virtually impossible (while making it look easy for him) that there were many drummers who went to see him play and just then decided to quit
playing once they realized they could never even come close to his mastery and total domination of the drum set.
The better the drummer you are, the more you respect Buddy. There are thousands of good drummers out there. Buddy Rich is the only one who made other drummers
In the sixties and seventies, I was able to see Count Basie, Bill Bruford and Alan Holdsworth, Chick Corea and Return to Forever, Larry Coryell, Jack
Dejohnette, Al Di Meola, The Dregs, Duke Ellington, the Jefferson Airplane, Elvin Jones, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Thelonius Monk, Tower of Power, McCoy Tyner,
Weather Report, Tony Williams, and Frank Zappa play live. I was also fortunate enough to be able to see Buddy Rich play with his big band on three occasions,
and also saw Billy Cobham play in three different settings back in the early Seventies. It was a blast to be inspired by all of this talent. And it was sure
great to be able to experience the birth of jazz-rock fusion.
Here are links to Web sites that are devoted to many of the great drummers.
Alex Van Halen
Ayotte Custom Drums
DW Drum Workshop Drums
LP Latin Percussion
Vic Firth Drumsticks
Regal Tip Drumsticks
A Drummer's Tradition vintage drums
The Drum Place
Drumatix vintage drums
Modern Drummer Magazine
Percussive Arts Society
The amount of talent these people have shared with the world is staggering.
Each of them has had a profound influence on countless other guitarists. If there
is anyone mentioned here you that haven't heard yet, make a point of it as soon
as you can. This is the real thing.
Al Di Meola
Eddie Van Halen
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Chick Corea and Return to Forever
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass
Rad featuring Rose Ann Dimalanta
The Strokeland Superband
Tower of Power
Alice In Chains
The Allman Brothers
Dave Alvin and The Blasters
The Dixie Dregs
Everything But The Girl
Incognito A collective effort led by founder Jean-Paul 'Bluey'
Maunick, Incognito combines jazz, gospel, and house music.
Karen Bernod Incognito vocalist
Simon Cotsworth Incognito sound engineer, programmer and producer
Maysa Incognito vocalist
Billie Ray Martin
Nine Inch Nails
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Joe T. Vannelli
Weird Al Yankovic
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
The Artist Shop
Barking Pumpkin Records
Blue Note Records
DGM Live "...to connect music, musician and audience in a way that supports the power of music, the integrity of the musician and the needs of the audience"
John Marks Records
Masters at Work
Music Minus One
Nervous Records NYC
Papa Bear Records
Strictly Rhythm Records
Van Richter Records
Warner Bros. Jazz
Wounded Bird Records
"You want some more? Well, here's some more!"
Artist Direct Network
BBC Radio 1
cJazz The Contemporary Jazz Site
Jean-Marc Lederman Industrial writer and producer in Belgium
Musical Instrument Technicians Association
NME New Music Express
Rage Mail Order
Rock Out Censorship
Side-Line industrial and electronic music news
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