Originally Posted by Smoky_McPot
I actually thought that Tony Royster JR's clip had more chops and less groove.
I might just have to say that I want to refute that a little bit. If you really take a look at Tony's 12 year old clip (i'm assuming that's the one your referring to), Eloy is actually doing alot more technically advanced things. The fills are faster and the ostinatos (i.e. left foot clave) are more complicated than in Tony's solo. And Eloy's double bass is pretty rocking too, and if you pay attention Tony didnt go nearly as fast.
Not that I think Eloy's solo is better because he displayed more technique. In fact I'm the opposite, I thought Tony's techniques, although maybe a little less advanced, were more unique and interesting to watch for me personally. As well as the way you can tell how a drummer percieves rhythm and time, I thought Eloy was very straightforward in that regard and Tony seemed to have a more in depth understanding of different rhythmic structures that you see examples of in certain hi hat grooves he played and certain rhythmic illusions he actually pulls off, always good stuff.