Re: Mark Mondesir
Being English I'd heard the name for a while, but not bothered to check him out till Mike Shapiro told me I really should listen to him. Mike's a pretty incredible drummer himself, and didn't offer his praises lightly, so I thought I'd better follow his advice. Alas I haven't seen Mondesir play live yet but I got his DVD...I don't know, it's hard to tell from an instructional DVD what a great player someone is, obviously he's VERY technically proficient but I clearly need to see him live. On the DVD he plays a bit with his brother and that's great, but there's not enough to really get a feel for his playing.
The Dennis Chambers reference I'm not too fussed about but if Tony Williams said that about him, well, you gotta listen :)