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post #31 of 43
Several come to mind that I've seen live:
Alan White - Yes
Keith Moon - Who
Carl Palmer - ELP
Cozy Powell - Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Sabbath (I saw him with Blackmore's Rainbow)
post #32 of 43

Keith Moon was to drums as Hendrix was to the guitar.  Unique, distinct, and improvised.

 

That Karen Carpenter clip is great.  Gosh I miss the 70's.


Edited by wjp007 - 1/2/14 at 8:33pm
post #33 of 43

Keith Moon, of course. There are other threads about this subject, but there is no other correct answer.

 


Edited by StratocasterMan - 1/3/14 at 2:17am
post #34 of 43
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Keith Moon, of course. There are other threads about this subject, but there is no other correct answer.

 

Haha of course. 

 

Here's a question: What are the criteria you guys are using to evaluate this question? Technical prowess, creativity, musical intuition, etc.?

post #35 of 43
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Haha of course. 

Here's a question: What are the criteria you guys are using to evaluate this question? Technical prowess, creativity, musical intuition, etc.?
I believe that - as I would approach evaluating any musician on the level of 'best in the world' - technique, dexterity and physical capability on the said instrument should be taken for granted. We are talking beyond this. We are talking about a level of musicianship that transcends the usual role of the instrument into something more widely appreciated. The world's greatest musicians will have an influential effect on others, even exponents of instruments different to theirs. For instance, Frank Sinatra's phrasing has been studied by instrumentalists and Tony Williams had a uniquely melodic approach to the drums. It's that (for want of a better phrase) X factor that really can't always be pinned down with words, but garners praise and even reverence from those who are touched by it. The 'greatest' can do this to people. Sorry for the rant, hope I wasn't completely incomprehensible!
post #36 of 43
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I believe that - as I would approach evaluating any musician on the level of 'best in the world' - technique, dexterity and physical capability on the said instrument should be taken for granted. We are talking beyond this. We are talking about a level of musicianship that transcends the usual role of the instrument into something more widely appreciated. The world's greatest musicians will have an influential effect on others, even exponents of instruments different to theirs. For instance, Frank Sinatra's phrasing has been studied by instrumentalists and Tony Williams had a uniquely melodic approach to the drums. It's that (for want of a better phrase) X factor that really can't always be pinned down with words, but garners praise and even reverence from those who are touched by it. The 'greatest' can do this to people. Sorry for the rant, hope I wasn't completely incomprehensible!

 

In other words, they kick ass! :beerchug:

post #37 of 43
amigomatt, I really don't consider your post a rant. Yeah, it was a lot of words, but had good points. So, I ended up reading the entire post.
post #38 of 43
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amigomatt, I really don't consider your post a rant. Yeah, it was a lot of words, but had good points. So, I ended up reading the entire post.
Thanks, vertical. Some things are not that easy to state concisely!
post #39 of 43
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I believe that - as I would approach evaluating any musician on the level of 'best in the world' - technique, dexterity and physical capability on the said instrument should be taken for granted. We are talking beyond this. We are talking about a level of musicianship that transcends the usual role of the instrument into something more widely appreciated. The world's greatest musicians will have an influential effect on others, even exponents of instruments different to theirs. For instance, Frank Sinatra's phrasing has been studied by instrumentalists and Tony Williams had a uniquely melodic approach to the drums. It's that (for want of a better phrase) X factor that really can't always be pinned down with words, but garners praise and even reverence from those who are touched by it. The 'greatest' can do this to people. Sorry for the rant, hope I wasn't completely incomprehensible!

 That's a good way to put it....and if you put it that way the majority of those mentioned aren't close to this definition.  I like drummers with finesse...drummers that make those around them sound better.  Drummers that are versatile.  I loved The Who but was never a fan of Moon's reckless abandon and tendency to overplay.  I don't think he'd last 5 minutes in an accomplished jazz band but then he wouldn't need to because he  was a classic rock drummer.  

post #40 of 43

Sonny Payne should be mentioned, Count Basie's drummer.

 

post #41 of 43

Tony Williams is amazing, playing with Stan Getz, Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke.

 

post #42 of 43

That drummer for Big Black, I think his name is Roland.

 

:)

post #43 of 43

Sorry, I couldn't resist:

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