I have followed this drummer's career from early Free sessions.
(Anyone interested, check out the CD "Heartbreaker" for some
real nice pocket grooves and of course the inimitable Paul Rodgers.)
What struck me dumb about Simon's playing was his buzz roll
in "Ready for Love" (Bad Co.-1st CD) leading into the second verse. Pure velvet,
total control as the phrase ends. Maybe I'm over estimating Kirke's talent
but his musicality across the Free/ Bad Co. albums can't really be refuted.
Another great example of his playing in my opinion is the closing segment
of "Deal with the Preacher" off the CD, Straight Shooter where he and Rodgers
are locked at the hip with this jam groove that just gains energy as it progresses,
yet he's steady as a rock. Notice no cheap fade-outs, either. That snare pattern
leading into choke kick and hi-hat phrase that he uses is just another example
of what makes listening to his drumming so enjoyable.
He displays much of what JR John Robinson was talking about in this
months Drummerworld interview..."confidence." Total journeyman.