Re: Dave Weckl
Appreciating all of the sentiments so far, I've got to say that Weckl is more or less everything I want to be as a drummer, a professional musician and as a musical mind in general. I've been listening to him for almost 15 years now, and even in spite of all of the excellent drummers and drumming that I've heard, his is still my favorite by leaps and bounds.
I saw him play live in 1998 and was absolutely blown away. He seemed to have an endless bag of tricks, was playing some of the most demanding, clever drum parts I've ever heard and never hit a rim once. In fact, it's almost hard to appreciate other drummers because Weckl's playing, in my mind, sets the bar so high.