Re: Chester Thompson
If anyone is still not convinced that Chester is one of the best in the business, listen to "Inca Roads" from One Sixe Fits All. I've never heard anyone (besides Vinnie, maybe) feel so at home playing in 7/16 at breakneck speed! I actually got to see video footage of the song being played not too long ago. It has Chester playing a HUGE Ludwig Octa-Plus set with a million single-headed toms, 3 crashes, and hi-hats.
One thing that I must mention is the invaluable contributions of percussionist Ruth Underwood, who was also in Zappa's band at the time. This woman must be seen to be believed! She does the job of about 5 standard orchestral percussionists all at the same time, and with a smile on her face!