Simon Phillips is one of my favorite players. In this clip of him with the Buddy Rich big bang he’s playing to the song, “Dancing Men.” It’s a huge display of dynamics, groove and chops! This song makes you smile no matter what but his drumming on it is fierce! Enjoy!
In the 90’s Modern Drummer magazine, drum clinics, VHS instructional tapes and celebrity drum method books where at a peak. It was all about Dave Weckl, Chad Smith and Dennis Chambers. Those drummers were everywhere! I’m not complaining but a lot of drummers didn’t get as much coverage as much as those guys. I had the pleasure of going to many drum clinics as a teen in South Florida. Thanks to a drum shop, Resurrection Drums I got to meet and see a ton of drummers and get a unique education. Sonny Emory was one of these drummers I was exposed to during a free drum clinic. From note one, this guy was groove in the human form! Amazing chops but completely functional. The clinic was educational, funny and inspiring! Plus, he had to leave 5 mins early to catch a flight because his wife was giving birth. He is best know as being the drummer for Earth, Wind and Fire during the 90’s. But he’s been on countless tours and records. I saw this video him and it reminded me how much Sonny Emory is underrated. This guy is truly an R&B Groove and Chops Master!
Rod Morgenstein is best known for being the drummer of the 80’s hair metal band, Winger. But for drummers who have been around Rod Morgenstein is a progressive rock talent and a very respected educator. His books and articles have been used widely. If fact, one my drumming books one he wrote called, ” Filling In The Holes.” This was a fantastic book on the art of linear drumming. The book is no longer in publication but it should be found and revisited by drummers. His best example of his musical chops is with the jazz fusion band, Dixie Dregs in which he is a founding member. They blended a unique style of jazz progressive rock and southern rock. Below is a video of Dixie Dregs on the Tonight Show doing a melody of their song, “Take It To Top” and some very recognizable rock tunes. Enjoy trying to pick which songs are included! Also, you have to love a drummer who smiles!
This is one of the most talked about moments at Woodstock 1969. Santana’s drummer Michael Shrieve (age 20) doing an awesome solo within the song, “Soul Sacrifice.” This is why you should learn your Rudiments!
Terry Bozzio is a drumming legend. Making his start in the music business as the young drummer of Frank Zappa. He left the Zappa drum seat to start his successful pop group Missing Persons. After that he had amazing stints with Jeff Beck, Steve Vai and Mike Patton(Faith No More). He has become a solo drum artist that sells out theaters. His innovative take on drum set lay out, drum solos, linear drumming and fresh approach to creative drumming in music is just a small list of why this man is to be honored.
Speaking of innovative, look and listen to what Terry Bozzio did with an all cymbal/gong drum set. It’s amazing!
I stumbled across this footage of Keith Carlock doing a foot stomping drum solo during a John Mayer concert. It’s great! It’s a perfect example of how you can do a drum solo and not loose the groove and the crowd. Well done!
My only wish for today’s drummers is that the know of the works of this drummer, Zigaboo “Ziggy” Modeliste. He is one of the founding members of ultra funk and New Orleans hybrid band, The Meters. Even if you don’t know him by name, you know him by his beats and fills because he’s been sample dozens of hip-hop artist/producers such as; Queen Latifah, Run DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, and Public Enemy. Below is two examples why this man is the Dean Of Groove!
First is some of his work with The Meters with the famous instrumental, “Cissy Strut.”
Second is this fantastic collaboration of Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, members of the Dap Kings and Ziggy. This just makes me smile because of the use of just the right grooves!
Buddy Rich was always described as, “the world’s greatest drummer.” While watching this full concert of him in his later years it’s extremely hard to disagree with that tagline! Behold an amazing powerhouse of technique, strength, focus and depth of Buddy at the Montreal Jazz Festival!
Antonio Sanchez is best known for the drummer for contemporary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. He has had 3 albums out as a band leader/drummer of solo work which showcases his amazing blend of Jazz/Latin/Chops/Feel! He is a must listen and watch for any drummer interested in any of those 4 qualities. Here’s a fantastic solo from Antonio during the Modern Drummer Festival in 2003.
Here’s another one from his DVD “Master Class!”
Weather Report had several famous drummers play for them through out their popularity of the 70’s. Peter Erskine was probably one of the most famous drummers to come out of their line-up. His years with Weather Report were over shadowed by the incredible Jaco Pastorius on bass guitar. If you’ve never read up on Jaco, his playing and his personality then you are in for an odd account of a genius musician whose mental health was never treated.
Here’s a great tune that Weather Report became known for, “Birdland.” It’s studio version had a Disco type of pattern on the hi-hat and was played with a straight feel. The live version down below has a great Uptempo Boogie feel and showcases Peter Erskine’s great feel and technique! Enjoy!