I saw Brian Blade with his own band at the Atlanta Jazz Festival about six years ago, and I just loved his playing. He plays with just the right amount of abandon, just the right amount of instinctive flow. He's not a control or chops freak. He is a musician, a jazz musician playing the drums, and as such he's at the top in my opinion. The music was great, the band was great, I think it was the Fellowship.
I hate to say it but I don't have any of his CDs. Man I have a list of about 30 good jazz CDs that I want, but there you go.
But I watch him on Youtube and I just love the way he plays. My kind of jazz drummer for sure.
And as off-topic as it is, I have to say that I just love this:
Originally Posted by Tama Player
It may be the best that u ever heard, but maybe not us. Neil peart has awesome dynamics and so does Tony willaims and Buddy Rich. But if in your opinion its the best, I will not agree or disaggree. : )