Re: Danny Carey
I'm attempting to learn Lateralus note-for-note, and man is it hard! The part in the middle, with the opening/closing hi-hats and the four consecutive bass notes, requires a proficient degree of independence and timing. Insane stuff, not to mention that I'm also incoroporating the breakdown Danny does at the end of the song in the Jeff Ocheltree DVD (which also happens to be here on the site).
He's such an amazing drummer. Whether you label him under hard rock, prog, or experimental, he's still one of the drumming greats of this decade. His understanding of odd time signatures, his ability to vary grooves and patterns in the middle of songs, his sense of phrasing and technical proficiency... amazing. Just amazing. One of my favorite drummers right now, and he's earned it!