Most Under-rated Drummers

Alex Sanguinetti

Silver Member
I can't say if he is under-rated, but my favorite drumming discovery since I joined the DW forum is probably Sonny Emory. I never hear anybody here talk about him, but the guy is a monster player in my book.
I find strange people saying Sonny Emory is underrated, since Sonny was ALREADY very well known 30 years ago, did tons of clinics, played with Earth Wind and Fire for years, etc.

Underated would be someone completly unknown to guys of the forum, someone who is as good as the best drummers in the world, at least to me...

 

Icetech

Gold Member
Kenwood Dennard.. I had not heard of him til i listened to this album, which i now listen to at least once a week and the guy is just all groove and knows how to really turn it up when needed without getting in the way. his credits are pretty impressive but i don't think i have ever seen him mentioned anywhere..

https://youtu.be/x9fNIrpkEiE
 

Alex Sanguinetti

Silver Member
Kenwood Dennard.. I had not heard of him til i listened to this album, which i now listen to at least once a week and the guy is just all groove and knows how to really turn it up when needed without getting in the way. his credits are pretty impressive but i don't think i have ever seen him mentioned anywhere..

https://youtu.be/x9fNIrpkEiE
Kenwood is a very wellknown drummer since the 70´s. Already played for Brand X back then, most likely introduced by Phil Collins (then drummer) to the band...has several tuition DVDs, is a current teacher at Berklee since long, etc...

The thing is if you haven´t heard of him does not mean is not well known. For example, I don´t know any matematician of the XXI century (and hardly any century), that doesn´t mean that there are no wellknown ones...or matematicians...

EVEN HAS A PAGE AT DRUMMERWORLD: http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Kenwood_Dennard.html
 
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Icetech

Gold Member
Kenwood is a very wellknown drummer since the 70´s. Already played for Brand X back then, most likely introduced by Phil Collins (then drummer) to the band...has several tuition DVDs, is a current teacher at Berklee since long, etc...

The thing is if you haven´t heard of him does not mean is not well known. For example, I don´t know any matematician of the XXI century (and hardly any century), that doesn´t mean that there are no wellknown ones...or matematicians...

EVEN HAS A PAGE AT DRUMMERWORLD: http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Kenwood_Dennard.html
K.. sorry, i honestly had never heard anyone ever speak of the guy, and his playing blows me away is all..
 

Alex Sanguinetti

Silver Member
K.. sorry, i honestly had never heard anyone ever speak of the guy, and his playing blows me away is all..
No problem, just think I lived in Argentina in the 70¨s (NO VHS, no internet, no nothing...) and he was ALREADY wellknown back then...

Same goes with Sonny Emory and a lot of other mentioned, he also has a page at DRUMMERWORLD: http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Sonny_Emory.html

As you see (from the photo above) we were playing together in the 80¨s in drum clinics all over the world.

I think for talking about underrated drummers the conversation would be more apropiate in terms on LOCAL drummers that never recorded with wellknown people and mostly stayed local, in US and specially in other countries.

Anyway, it´s just an idea...


Best regards!
 
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J-Boogie

Gold Member
Id say our very own Alex. Have you seen the company he's kept? Have you payed attention to his experiences and shared wisdom? Sure he seems a bit salty at times, who cares....I say he's under-rated! Boom
 

benthedrum

Senior Member
BJ Wilson.

I recently transcribed the drum part from Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show), and was blown away by the subtlety of the drumming.

See thread I created in 'Drummers' section for more.
I was looking through this thread to see if anyone had mentioned BJ Wilson. The single most unorthodox set up.....he literally sat on the floor and at times played side on to his kit. But his technical facility and sheer speed is astonishing.
 

dwsabianguy

Senior Member
My number one underrated drummer has got to be Jerry Gaskill from King's X. Perfect time, massive backbeat, sorta like Phil Rudd but with even more space in the groove and more attack out of the drums. Dogman is a huge influence on my playing; it's the album where 'less is more' really clicked for me.
 

Buddy Roach

Junior Member
Under-rated implies there was a rating and "X" drummer scored less than they should have.

Very subjective. I think it boils down to not being under-rated so much as under-appreciated commercially.

But for the sake of this thread it seems to be drummers under-rated on this site....my vote is for the 2 Joe Jones...Papa and Philly.
 

fac

Senior Member
Phil Selway from Radiohead
Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth
Mike D from the Beastie Boys

but the most underrated drummer I know of is probably Meg White.
 
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