Originally Posted by aydee
I don't really know what best means in music, but people seem to have a need to place great musicians in some kind of sequential histological perspective .
Tony Williams was a game changer. He took from what came before him and changed some of it forever, and then passed it on. The is the hallmark of greatness in my opinion. He was a great player. As was Elvin, and as is Jack DeJohnette.
Before Tony, playing loudly like he did in jazz was taboo. Sure Elvin and Buddy would have the occasional accent, but never really hit the drums wide open like Tony.
When I heard Tony play "Sister Cheryl
" for the 1st time, I had to re-adjust my thinking about how jazz could be played in a modern sense.
And his screaming yellow kit was iconic.
Here is some Tony gettin' it: