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Who's the best drummer?


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Who's the best drummer?  

53 members have voted

  1. 1. Who's the best drummer?

    • Neil Peart
      9
    • Roger Taylor
      3
    • Bill Bruford
      1
    • John Bonham
      5
    • Keith Moon
      6
    • Ginger Baker
      4
    • Mitch Mitchell
      1
    • Dave Grohl
      5
    • Alan White
      1
    • Phil Collins
      1
    • Alex Van Halen
      3
    • Mick Fleetwood
      1
    • Animal from the muppets
      10
    • Danny Carey
      2
    • Charlie Watts
      0
    • Rick Allen
      1


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Can't believe no one voted for Mitch Mitchell! He has to be one the most vastly underrated drummers in rock history...Hendrix referred to him as "my Elvin Jones" because Mitchell played in a jazz-fusion style, the drums akin to co-lead instrument in much the same way Jones played dueling lines with Coltrane...

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS01e0ogmEc[/media]

And a dearth of "Math Rock" drummers in that poll -- Damon Che and the late great Jerry Fuchs deserve honorable mentions at least...

Che's first incarnation of Don Caballero was based on the idea of the drums as the lead instrument, and Jerry Fuchs (RIP), Maserati, Turing Machine, LCD Soundsytem, The Juan Maclean - Argument... Mr. Fuchs was just an insane two-armed machine...

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Damon Che's track from Monitor Records 2001 "Membraphonics" compilation.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KgN-l3AjYE[/media]

Don Caballero (Live) - Slice Where You Live Like Pie
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwJe1UTQl8E[/media]

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There's tons of great Jerry Fuch's stuff...I first heard him in Turing Machine.

[url="http://media.jadetree.com/Turing_Machin-Flip-Book_Osc.mp3"]Flip-Book Oscilloscope (Turing Machine)[/url]

Turing Machine - Bleach It Black (excellent video too btw)
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXsBmMjYRog[/media]

Whotf else does one-handed fills like this???
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF0ZxA130u4[/media]

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And what about Vinnie Colaiuta? Anyone who played with Zappa was extraordinary, but Colaiuta is another unbelievable drummer.

From a DRUM! Magazine interview with Steve Vai, 2003

[quote]"I'll tell you a really great Vinnie story. He's one of the most amazing sight-readers that ever existed on the instrument. One day we were in a Frank rehearsal, this was early '80s, and Frank brought in this piece of music called "Mo 'N Herb's Vacation." Just unbelievably complex. All the drums were written out, just like "The Black Page" except even more complex. There were these runs of like 17 over 3 and every drumhead is notated differently. And there were a whole bunch of people there, I think Bozzio was there."

"Vinnie had this piece of music on the stand to his right. To his left he had another music stand with a plate of sushi on it, okay? Now the tempo of the piece was very slow, like "The Black Page." And then the first riff came in, [mimics bizarre Zappa-esque drum rhythm patterns] with all these choking of cymbals, and hi-hat, ruffs, spinning of rototoms and all this crazy stuff. And I saw Vinnie reading this thing. Now, Vinnie has this habit of pushing his glasses up with the middle finger of his right hand. Well I saw him look at this one bar of music, it was the last bar of music on the page. He started to play it as he was turning the page with one hand, and then once the page was turned he continued playing the riff with his right hand, as he reached over with his left hand, grabbed a piece of sushi and put it in his mouth, continued the riff with his left hand and feet, pushed his glasses up, and then played the remaining part of the bar."

"It was the sickest thing I have ever seen. Frank threw his music up in the air. Bozzio turned around and walked away. I just started laughing."[/quote]

Frank Zappa - Mo's Vacation & The Black Page #2 - 1978, Poughkeepsie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4QqyuWQ7-s

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Just saw this band Seven Day Sonnet at the Sevendust show… hadn't heard them before, but the drummer was absolutely AMAZING!!!!!

Just found some new stuff they're putting out too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8oNqIoJOc0

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Bernard Purdie has played with [color="#222222"][font="arial, sans-serif"][size="2"]with Aretha Franklin, James Brown, B.B. King, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, etc.[/size][/font][/color]
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Ringo Starr<div><br></div><div><br>&lt;iframe width="425" height="344" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bdrGS__yg6Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;

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Eddie Scharf - 90- year old drummer!

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