Originally Posted by brady
I was only casually aware of him until I saw him on the Art of Playing Brushes DVD. I've since checked out quite a bit of his catalog.
A seriously underrated drummer.
he was the first jazz drummer that I heard myself in ....if that makes any sense to you
we have these natural tendencies and ways of comping and phrasing things that turn up in our playing from either tunes we have heard or things we practiced endlessly or maybe just the way we feel the music .......and when I hear Ben Riley I hear my tendencies all over his playing .
it was so reassuring to hear because I frequently war with my tendencies and try to break them ......Bens playing convinced me to embrace them and perfect them
it was such a warm feeling when I realized it and from that very second on I held a special spot in my heart for that mans playing