Re: Brian Blade
Brian is in my opinion the most versatile drummer today. Just check out how many heavyweights he has been called to play with. He's been around for at least ten years albeit under the radar until recently. I have seen him play a number of times and each time I was floored on the amount of humanity and reverence for music he displays. I met him one and he was a very kind and humble person. His drums sound is so good too. Dig that old, cracked Avedis 24" with the bolts in it!
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.