Originally Posted by Henry II
I've been listening to Joshua Redman's "Elastic" album with Brian Blade on drums. What an amazing musician BB is. IMHO, he is the heir to the great improvisational, musical drummers of the past. You never hear any chops wasted in his playing, only pure musical expression. There aren't many musicians, much less drummers, out there today playing like that.
Spot on Henry. Blade is certainly one of best of the newer jazz drummers out there. What I like is he accompanies and doesn't dominate. As you say that's a rare quality in drummers these days. There are some videos of him here as well.
Loved the Drumometer line, wish I had thought of it.