Re: Louie Bellson
Louie is probably by biggest influence. Mostly for his very distinct brush playing that I attempt to imitate. He played very much of the tips of the brushes and did not bury the bush into the head during sweeps. He played brushes similar to how he played with sticks. Some drummers frown upon that and use sweeps to keep the beat, but Bellson had a distinct tap and short Single Stroke roll he used to play for fills. Also, his relationship with the hi-hat and bass drum to the brushes was spot on. So much good feel.
I play that way and it separates me from most other modern brush players. Brushes are so personal that there's not a right or wrong way to play them, even though styles and patterns can vary drastically.
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