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Saturday Top 5: Drummers

This week’s top 5 is going to count down the 5 greatest beat machines.  You know I love Rock, so if you are wondering why (rightly so) all the drummers are not jazz drummers, you already have your answer.  The criteria?  It’s whoever I say it is.  If you feel I have left someone out, feel free to leave your selection in the comments.

Honorable Mention:

John Bonham – His solo on Moby Dick is by far the most notorious rock drum solo!  And he played with a wooden kick mallet.  The version linked to his name is a live version that’s quite different from the studio version.

Phil Collins – Could have and almost did make my top 5 list.  Musically, he is probably the most talented of everyone mentioned in this blog entry.  It’s almost impossible to make a top 5 list with this much talent out there.  IT’S NOT FAIR!

Stewart Copeland of The Police – Stewart took several disciplines and genres (punk, classic rock, reggae, Arabic percussion) and rolled them into Rock and Roll!  He could be a little frenetic, but nobody questions his talent.  I love listening to his live versions of “Message in a Bottle” and “Can’t Stand Losing You“.

#5Jeff Porcaro of Toto – Some say he was the best rock drummer.  He could have very well been the best.  Of course, he is most famous for his Rosanna shuffle beat, but he had more to offer than one trick!

#4 Neil Peart of Rush – The best way to describe Peart is big.  This guy is pure ROCK and his kit was sweet.  If you want to learn Rock and Roll drumming, grab “A Work In Progress“.  This is the ultimate in dissecting the drummers role and the drum part.

#3 Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band – Doggonit!  This dude is just incredible.  Supersonic.    Complex.  Skilled.  Talented beyond words.  DMB would not be the same without this guy, IMO.

#2 Steve Gadd studio drummer for Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jim Croce, The Manhattan Transfer, and many many others – Like the #1, Gadd was a jazz drummer, but he was a Rock Legend as a big part of one of the most notorious Jazz/Rock bands ever, Steely Dan.  This guy is so smooth!

#1 Buddy Rich – The only one I could let into my top 5 who was not a Rock and Roll legend, Buddy was the greatest of the greatest drummers.  He was the Pele, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and Bjorn Borg of the drums.  He was one of the rare cases of a great musician who’s fame was matched by his talent.

There you have it.  Who did I leave off?

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