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    I've been trying to make a point to listen to some influential drummers. It's nice revisting some music from my youth. I've never listened to many other styles besides rock. So I'm pretty clueless when it comes to other styles like jazz. So I'm curious what other CD's I should get that should be considered mandatory listening for a drummer.

    Lately I've been listening to
    Buddy Rich
    Led Zeppelin
    The Who
    Rush

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    Aja - Steely Dan

    Not only do the album credits read like a "Who's Who" of great musicians, but the drumming is epic.

    Bernard Purdie
    Steve Gadd
    Ed Greene
    Paul Humphrey
    Jim Keltner
    Rick Marotta

    The album only has 7 cuts, but each one is a classic. Don't expect shred-like hemmorages of notes...but listen to how each drummer plays to the song.

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    I just saw Keith Carlock live last week in Nashville. That guy was SICK! I'm definitely putting him on my list.
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    You nailed the mandatory list in the first post.

    Rich
    Bonham
    Peart


    That are hundreds of other great drummers, but I'd only consider the three above mandatory for ANY drummer to be familiar with.

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    Hm Purdie came to mind immediately, but try some Gene Krupa too.

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    try Vinny Coliuta,,he has the smoothest chops around.

    and if ya want to really open your mind ..check out STICKSWIZZARDDRAGON rite here at drumchat . he has the quickest hands i've ever seen .

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    I'll get bashed for saying it but Buddy Rich doesnt really do anything for me, i mean he's good but just not my thing i guess. Now Purdie on the other hand, I could listen to him groove all day long.

    anyway, back to the op question.
    lets see, albums.
    Yes - Bill Bruford / Alan White
    The Meters - Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste
    Frank Zappa - Vinnie Colaiuta
    Toto - Porcaro/Simon Phillips
    Rush - Peart
    Dream Theater - Portnoy
    The Dave Brubeck Quartet -Joe Morello
    Sting - Omar Hakim
    Dave Matthews Band - Carter Beauford
    The Police - Stewart copeland
    Miles Davis Quintet- Tony Williams
    James Brown - Clyde Stubblefield
    Bob Marley - Carlton Barrett
    Tower of Power- David Garibaldi

    theres many more but thats a start
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    I'd recommend Dave Lombardo, because he mixes in other drumming styles (especially jazz) with his fast thrash metal playing. Check out Slayer's last two albums if you want to hear a good variety of metal.
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    Tomas Haake... definitely.
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    Anything with Keith Moon, and Ringo.

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    A must listen to for Jazz drumming would be Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" album featuring Joe Morello on drums. Many unusual time signatures including 5/4 in the famous "Take Five" cut, and it also includes many jazz waltzes, some 9/8, etc. Challenging just to listen to and try to figure what the drummer is doing.
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    I might add Jon Hiseman - Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia; United Jazz and Rock Ensemble

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    The Guaraldi Trio....Charlie Browns Christmas. Great brushwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePloughman View Post
    The Guaraldi Trio....Charlie Browns Christmas. Great brushwork.
    +1000!!!


    Also an amen to Aja - Steely Dan

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    Steve Shelley- Sonic Youth
    Peter Wilk- Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave
    Carter Beauford- Dave Matthews Band
    Jason McGerr- Death Cab for Cutie
    Danny Carey- Tool
    Phil Rudd- AC/DC
    Tommy Aldridge- Black Oak Arkansas
    Alan White/Bill Bruford- YES
    Joey Kramer- Aerosmith
    Charlie Watts- Rolling Stones
    Morgan Rose- Sevendust
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    Ray Luzier- Korn, Army of Anyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by =^-..-^= View Post
    +1000!!!


    Regatta de Blanc & Zenyatta Mondatta by the Police were my Skool lessons

    A Love Supreme by John Coltrane - Yes. that is just one drummer playing!!
    +1 on these. Copeland is just awesome. As for Coltrane, there's just so much stuff to listen to, and it's all just amazing music (not just drums).
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O-hCtPfef8&feature=related"]YouTube- Vadrum Meets the Barber of Seville (Drum Video)[/ame]

    Vadrum is legit

    There are tons and tons of great drummers out there, just be open and listen to what you like.

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