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    good drum music

    Anyone have any recommendations for cd's with a good drummer(s)? I have Blue Man Group in DVD-A and am open to all kinds of music except... country
    Thanks!

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    Well, my 2 favorite drummers by far are Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Neil Peart of Rush...
    Peart is a legend plain and simple for drummers.
    You'll have to like progressive rock to tolerate either of them and probably be friendly to heavier music with Dream Theater...I cannot think of any current drummers that can touch what Portnoy does...whether you're a fan of his band's music is another question.
    For more laid-back bluesy-rock stuff - check out Gov't Mule...Matt Abts is always solid and knows when to step back...something I find a lot of talented drummers have a hard time with.

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    If you like fusion jazz...

    ...check out anything with Dennis Chambers on drums:
    He's got two solos CD's that are excellent...but they're japanese imports which may
    be hard to find. Some of his other best work can be found on:

    John Scofield - Loud Jazz, Pick hits, Blue Matter
    Bob Berg - Cycles
    Mike Stern - Jigsaw
    Victor Bailey - Low Blow
    John McGlaughlin - Heart of the Matter
    Tom Coster - Forbidden Zone
    CAB - CAB1, CAB2, CAB3, CAB4
    Niacin - Niacin

    My favorite rock drummer is Neal Peart...and he's already been covered.

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    Peart and Portnoy were the first two that immediately came to my mind also. My hubby is a drummer and his favourite (aside from Peart) is Terry Bozzio.

    If you want a good compilation of drummers, there's two disk's called Burning for Buddy (volumes 1 and 2). They're a collection of some of the greatest modern day drummers covering Buddy Rich tunes and were produced by Neil Peart. We have the first disk but I can't seem to locate our copy of it at the moment, so I can't tell you who's on it. But it's got some great drumming.

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    The drummers mentioned above are certainly the cream on top of the rock world.

    Should you want to check out a guy that has a more trditional and modern jazz technique, try any album with Dave Weckl. He has at least one solo effort that is reflective of his tremendous talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterCylinder
    The drummers mentioned above are certainly the cream on top of the rock world.

    Should you want to check out a guy that has a more trditional and modern jazz technique, try any album with Dave Weckl. He has at least one solo effort that is reflective of his tremendous talent.
    If I were to recommend one Weckl CD it would be his debut..."Masterplan". It's got
    the best song writing on it plus great support from Anthony Jackson on bass, Frank
    Gambale on guitar and Chick Corea. I found his subsequent ones to be stale and
    repetitive with the exception of a live double CD that came out in 2003 that's pretty
    good as well.

    I think Weckl's best work is on a Steve Khan(guitarist) CD titled "Public Access".

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    Chambers

    I have a comp of all Chambers as well as a Drummer comp with Chambers, Danny Gotlieb, Weckl and many others.

    Quote Originally Posted by 20to20K
    ...check out anything with Dennis Chambers on drums:
    He's got two solos CD's that are excellent...but they're japanese imports which may
    be hard to find. Some of his other best work can be found on:

    John Scofield - Loud Jazz, Pick hits, Blue Matter
    Bob Berg - Cycles
    Mike Stern - Jigsaw
    Victor Bailey - Low Blow
    John McGlaughlin - Heart of the Matter
    Tom Coster - Forbidden Zone
    CAB - CAB1, CAB2, CAB3, CAB4
    Niacin - Niacin

    My favorite rock drummer is Neal Peart...and he's already been covered.

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    Danny Gottlieb?

    Man...there's a blast from the past. What ever happened to Danny. I remember he
    and Egan formed that "Elements" band after Metheny replaced him (mid 80s?) and
    I haven't heard hide or hair of him since.

    I liked him as a drummer...very talented and did some great solos.

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    There's always Planet Drum by Mickey Hart. I'm not a dead fan at all, but this album has some really great percussion. It's all drums from all over the world. Not much in the way of great songs or anything, but tons of drums.

    Then, there's always Buddy Rich or if you really wanna get old school, Gene Krupa. I'm sure there are decent compilations of either of them out there.

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    Drummin'

    Quote Originally Posted by hmmmm
    Anyone have any recommendations for cd's with a good drummer(s)? I have Blue Man Group in DVD-A and am open to all kinds of music except... country
    Thanks!
    Pick up the new Pat Metheny Group CD, This Way Up. I don't have the drummer's name here, but his is unbelievable.

    Also, try Nick D'Virgilio (?), the drummer from Spock's Beard. I recommend The Light, or anything prior to Snow.

    Also, Bill Bruford on The Yes Album. His work on Perpetual Change is stunning.

    Lenny White, the drummer for Return to Forever is also amazing. Try the fusion-classic Where Have I Known You Before? He may have also drummed on the early fusion Al DiMeola records.

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    The 70's Brand X albums with Phill Collins on them are terriffic. A real showcase of Collins at his best. The live Genesis album "Seconds Out" pairs Collins with Bill Bruford and Chester Thompson (songs are culled from 2 different tours) and there are some amazing drum duets on this set.

    The "Black Light Syndrome" albums with Terry Bozzio are the best recordings of his amazing talent and technique.

    Not sure which Blue Man disc you have, but the other one is also really good too. IUf you liked one, you'll like the other. The "Complex" concert DVD is a gas too.

    You'd probably like this mix CD:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    You'd probably like this mix CD:


    Is that from the Marscape LP? I have that on vinyl which I listened to about six months ago. I remember Collins used to tout himself as the busiest drummer alive, and he used to appear on almost everyone's album. He really shakes the tree on Trick of the Tail and also some great drumming on Duke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryL
    Is that from the Marscape LP? I have that on vinyl which I listened to about six months ago. I remember Collins used to tout himself as the busiest drummer alive, and he used to appear on almost everyone's album. He really shakes the tree on Trick of the Tail and also some great drumming on Duke.
    Yeah, that's Marsscape. It's a REALLY rare CD. I traded with someone (damned if I can remember who) for a burn of it. Collins absolutely SMOKES on this Brand X offshoot.

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    Talking comp

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyfi
    I have a comp of all Chambers as well as a Drummer comp with Chambers, Danny Gotlieb, Weckl and many others.
    Any chance of getting a copy of this comp?

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    I'll have to print this out and head to record and tape traders to check some out. Thanks for all the help!

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    Good to see all the love for Dave Weckl. Saw him with Chick Corea several years ago, and he put on a drumming clinic out there. Among the modern drummers, he's probably my personal favorite.

    More recently, I saw Pat Metheny Group in concert, and his new drummer Antonio Sanchez is quite a revelation. Incredible talent on display there. You can get a sample of his skills on the Speaking of Now concert DVD.

    His former drummer Paul Wertico's also got a wonderfully innate feel for rhythm, and seeing him perform recently in a trio with Larry Coryell and Mark Egan, his intuitiveness reminded me of the late great Elvin Jones.

    If you're really looking for flat out maximum drumming, I would add Billy Cobham, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones to your list. Suggested discs below:

    Billy Cobham - Smokin'
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (w/ Billy Cobham)
    Last Exit - Iron Path (w/ Ronald Shannon Jackson)
    Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society - Decode Yourself
    Hank Mobley - Roll Call (w/ Art Blakey)
    Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers (w/ Art Blakey)
    John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard (w/ Elvin Jones)
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (w/ Elvin Jones)

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    a few more . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by hmmmm
    Anyone have any recommendations for cd's with a good drummer(s)? I have Blue Man Group in DVD-A and am open to all kinds of music except... country
    Thanks!
    Here are a few others that I think are pretty impressive:

    1. Leon Parker - check out Belief - amazing use of a drum kit
    2. Billy Martin - drummer for Medeski Martin & Wood
    3. Carter Beauford - I noticed he was included in the comp listed earlier. As a drummer myself, some of his stuff makes me want to cry. Truly inhuman sense of time.
    4. Jon Fishman - People either love or hate Phish - but some of their earlier work, particularly the album "Junta", has great drumming
    5. Tony Williams - check out Herbie Hancock "Quartet"
    6. Peter Erskine - Jaco Pastorious Birthday Album
    7. Drummer for Bloc Party - don't know his name, but the most recent drummer to make me sit up and take notice.
    8. Generally, some of Sting's earlier work has some interesting drum work, with odd time-signatures and jazz influenced song structures. I believe he did a lot of work with Manu Katche.
    9. Brian Blade - has some of his own albums, and worked a bit with Joshua Redman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivertmc
    8. Generally, some of Sting's earlier work has some interesting drum work, with odd time-signatures and jazz influenced song structures. I believe he did a lot of work with Manu Katche.
    That was Omar Hakim. I saw him with Weather Report in a really small place before he went onto Sting's band. He played on Brothers In Arms and all kinds of stuff. Manu Katche is another great one but I only remember him from Peter Gabriel's band. Vinnie Colauta was Sting's drummer for the longest time, maybe still is. Zappa said that was the best drummer he ever worked with. Can you imagine? Over Bozzio?

    I've been listening to Tull on the A tour. Whatever happened to Mark Craney? The guy was great, probably the equal to Simon Phillips.

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    sure

    I also have a 3 disk set of Bruford

    Dennis Chambers on Drums
    1. Blue Entrance Carl Filipiak
    2. Jigsaw Mike Stern
    3. Mayberry Carl Filipiak
    4. No Return Dennis Chambers
    5. Protocol John Scofield
    6. Fonk Carl Filipiak
    7. Lydian Cowboy Dennis Chambers
    8. Right on Time Carl Filipiak
    9. Pick Hits John Scofield
    10. Nuji Dennis Chambers
    11. Loose Ends Mike Stern
    12. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers Carl Filipiak

    “Emphasis on Drums”
    1. Chompsky John Alberti John Alberti
    2. Quetico Elements Danny Gottlieb
    3. Heads Up Dave Weckl Dave Weckl
    4. Jigsaw Mike Stern Dennis Chambers
    5. Jaco Pat Metheny Danny Gottlieb
    6. The Effect SpecialEFX Omar Hakim
    7. Go Ahead Stan Elements Danny Gottlieb
    8. Master Plan Dave Weckl D.Weckl/S.Gadd
    9. Kwirk Mike Stern Peter Erskine
    10. Thy Kingdom Come SpecialEFX Omar Hakim
    11. Travelin’ John Alberti John Alberti
    12. Lone Jack Pat Metheny Danny Gottlieb
    13. Liberal Arts Elements Danny Gotlieb

    The Many Skins of Bruford

    “Kit 1”

    1. Elephant Talk King Crimson
    2. Age Of Information Bruford
    3. Anne Boleyn Rick Wakeman
    4. Childrens Concerto Moraz/Bruford
    5. Five G Bruford
    6. Forever Until Sunday Bruford
    7. Gentle Persuasion Brufords Earthworks
    8. Hint Hint Steve Howe
    9. Heartbeat King Crimson
    10. Lucky Seven Chris Squire
    11. One More Red Nightmare King Crimson
    12. Sartori In Tangiers King Crimson
    13. Split Seconds Bruford
    14. America Yes


    “Kit 2”

    1. Red King Crimson
    2. Indiscipline King Crimson
    3. Frame by Frame King Crimson
    4. The Only Thing She Needs UK
    5. The Drum Also Waltzes Bruford
    6. Original Sin Bruford/Levin
    7. Everything You Heard Is True Moraz/ Bruford
    8. Cloud Cuckoo Land Bill Bruford Earthworks
    9. Perpetual Change Yes
    10. Trubelence Steve Howe
    11. Seems Like a Lifetime Ago2 Bruford
    12. Midnight Glass Bruford/Levin
    13. Pressure Brufords Earthworks


    “Kit 3”

    1. Watcher Of The Skies Steve Hackett
    2. Back To The Beginning Bruford
    3. Fallen Angel King Crimson
    4. Astral Traveler Yes
    5. Bridge of Inhibition Brufords Earthworks
    6. The Sliding Floor Bruford
    7. In The Dead of Night UK
    8. Presidents Day Bruford/Levin
    9. Then Yes
    10. Half Life Bill Bruford Earthworks
    11. Now is the Next Time Bruford/Towner/Gomez
    12. Hold Out Your Hand Chris Squire
    13. Adios A La Pasada Bruford


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    Any chance of getting a copy of this comp?

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    Steve Hackett often has some excellent drumming on his disks, but someone has to help me out with individual tracks. I want to say "Clocks -- The Angel of Mons" and something off of Till We Have Faces...? They are but the two most standout tracks that come to mind.

    Other individual tracks that have very enjoyable multiple drummers type thing going on:

    Blue Oyster Cult, "Veteran of the Psychic Wars"
    ELO, "The Jungle"

    Some nice laid back drumming in:

    Black Sabbath, "Hand of Doom"
    (oh, and Ward shines on "War Pigs", which was recently brought to my attention by The Dresden Dolls when they did a bizarre cover of it that included completely faithful reproduction of the drumming, but with the music set to piano)
    Yes, "Heart of the Sunrise" (Bruford)
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    Danny Gottlieb

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    Man...there's a blast from the past. What ever happened to Danny. I remember he
    and Egan formed that "Elements" band after Metheny replaced him (mid 80s?) and
    I haven't heard hide or hair of him since.

    I liked him as a drummer...very talented and did some great solos.
    I just saw Danny last year drummin' for Larry Coryell. Still has all his chops.

    Man the first time I played Liberal Arts I was blown away by the recording itself. By far at the time the best sounding cd I owned. I saw Danny the first time they toured performing the first Pat Metheny album at a college. Jaco Pastorious' father intrudused the band. Memory Lane for sure. I have most of the Elements disks and like them all for what they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woochifer
    Good to see all the love for Dave Weckl. Saw him with Chick Corea several years ago, and he put on a drumming clinic out there. Among the modern drummers, he's probably my personal favorite.

    More recently, I saw Pat Metheny Group in concert, and his new drummer Antonio Sanchez is quite a revelation. Incredible talent on display there. You can get a sample of his skills on the Speaking of Now concert DVD.

    His former drummer Paul Wertico's also got a wonderfully innate feel for rhythm, and seeing him perform recently in a trio with Larry Coryell and Mark Egan, his intuitiveness reminded me of the late great Elvin Jones.

    If you're really looking for flat out maximum drumming, I would add Billy Cobham, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones to your list. Suggested discs below:

    Billy Cobham - Smokin'
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (w/ Billy Cobham)
    Last Exit - Iron Path (w/ Ronald Shannon Jackson)
    Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society - Decode Yourself
    Hank Mobley - Roll Call (w/ Art Blakey)
    Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers (w/ Art Blakey)
    John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard (w/ Elvin Jones)
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (w/ Elvin Jones)
    My favorite Elvin Jones/Coltrane album is simply titled "Coltrane". Elvins chops
    on the 14 minute opus "Out of this World" are....well, out of this world. Another
    great Elvin CD is Joe Hendersons "Inner Urge" on Blue Note. His solo on the
    title track is equally amazing.

    Can't say that I agree that Wertico reminds of Elvin. Elvin's poly rhythemic chops
    are quite distinctive and and don't know anyone that ever came close to his combination of subtly and power. He's the Earl Campbell of drummers. I always thought of Wertico as a percussionist trapped inside a drummers body...something like Alex Acuna or Don Alias. I thought he was perfect for the type of Brazilian influenced music that PMG was doing in the 80's and 90's...but I could imagine him hangin' with Elvin chop wise.

    More great Elvin? Wayne Shorter/Speak no Evil, Marcus Roberts/The Truth is spoken here, Bill Frissell: Featuring Dave Holland and Elvin Jones.

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    Good drum music? Isn't that an oxymoron?

    Ha! Ok, I really don't go crazy over "drum music", but I certainly think that almost anything by Peter Erskine, especially when he was with Weather Report, was pretty stellar stuff. It's hard to believe that he's been playing with Diana Krall lately. What a change that must be for him! In addition, I still really like Richard Bailey's percussion on Freeway Jam from Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow album. That tune really pumps still pumps me up like crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    Ha! Ok, I really don't go crazy over "drum music", but I certainly think that almost anything by Peter Erskine, especially when he was with Weather Report, was pretty stellar stuff. It's hard to believe that he's been playing with Diana Krall lately. What a change that must be for him! In addition, I still really like Richard Bailey's percussion on Freeway Jam from Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow album. That tune really pumps still pumps me up like crazy.

    Swish
    It's not that hard to believe Erskine is playing with Krall...playing with Krall gets you PAID.

    Madonna once had both Omar Hakim and Dave Weckl as her drummers on tour which, of course, is like washing down Spam with Moet.

    Erskine is another one of my favs. He's got two CD's from the mid 80's on Denon records called "Transition" and "Motion Poet". Both are exquisitely recorded and have some very involving and interesting music and great supporting musicians (Brecker, Ambercrombie, Will Lee, Miranov, Mintzer, Marc Johnson et al). Vince Mendoza composed and arranged many of the pieces and he's just a freggin' musicial genious(in a Gil Evans kind of way)!

    There is one guy who hasn't been mentioned yet who is sort of a pioneer for many of these modern session guys...Steve Gadd. Gadd sometimes gets "dissed" for being
    a little mechanical and predictable but let face it...he's the Godfather of session drummers.
    I still hear plenty of guys ripping off his "50 ways..." licks. Throw in "Aja", "Mr. Magic", and "Spain" and Gadd has a pretty decent resume of memorable licks. Another significant contemparary of his is Harvey Mason of Breezin, Headhunters, and Mountain Dance fame.

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    Buddy Rich,Gene Krupa are ok as drummers. How about some high energy latin funk bands with horns and percussions and all that good stuff.
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