Re: Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
There are many drummers I love to listen to and learn from, but the only one who's influencing my playing today more than ?uestlove would be Gadd. Otherwise, ?uestlove is IT for me.
And he's IT because he's simultaneously ultra modern and ultra old school -- ultra modern because he approaches the drums like a hip hop producer would their MPC (or laptop or whatever); and ultra old school because his playing absolutely drips with the influence of soul's godfathers.
Actually, skip what I just said. I only like him 'cause of his fro!