jonutarr's right ... nice brain fade, INOG ... lol ... I really enjoyed Ian Paice's playing on Stairway to Heaven too ... or was that Bill Ward? Seriously, yes, Nick Mason is a great example. A similar type of solid player was Simon Kirke from Free and Bad Company.Which drummer was with Yes when they recorded Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb?
Those two songs were about 10 years apart. It may have been Bruford on the first and White on the second.
How could you forget Steve Gadd, LOLMany many MANY too many to list!
I'll start with a few off the top of my head:
Vinnie (when asked)
Steve Ferrone (when asked)
Josh Freese (also when asked)
the Marotta brothers
Basically, most of the drummers you hear on recordings are playing "slow" compared to the speed metal, fusion and jazz guys. The "fast" guys who are known only for that and are successful at it with any real exposure to non-drummers*, are in the minority.
* Ask a guitar player who Thomas Pridgen is!
My thoughts too.. The KISS principle is my method. "Keep It Simple and Solid".I think Phil Rudd from AC-DC has the best money-to-beats ratio in the industry.
Then Matt Sorum is a simple yet rock solid drummer. The perfect drummer for his bands. (Can you imagine "Sweet Child o' Mine" played by Mike Portnoy? Ugh).
There was a time when I hated this kind of drummers. I liked the guys who made themselves noticed and made everyone say "HOLY $&%&! listen to that drumroll!". With time, more and more, I find myself playing less and less, even though I actually can play more than I did before.
Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers could be added to this list too.
PS: I don't like the term "slow", it sounds like a bad thing. I'd call them practical, simple, economical, IDK.. I don't like "slow" because all this guys could play fast if they wanted too.