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Old 11-14-2017, 06:44 PM
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I keep mentioning this guy, but Homer Steinweiss of Sharon Jones & The Dapkings, The Menahan Street Band, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Lady Wray, Bruno Mars, etc.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:21 PM
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I have 2 that have influenced me quite a bit over the years:

Stan Lynch from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. He was the first I saw play rock using traditional grip.

Pat Torpey from Robert Plant/Mr. Big fame. His solid grooves and complex rhythms just had me locked in on him when I saw them live. Such a humble guy too.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:14 PM
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Some good drummers that not that many people outside the music business know are
Andrea Beccaro (Worked with Popa Chubby e.g.)
Mike Botts (lots of studio work during 70'/80's, worked with "Bread")
Bruce Becker (fantastic drumteacher as it seems. Dave Weckl and other "hall of fame drummers" take lessons with him)
Dafnis Prieto
Yoni Madar
Gulli Briem also flies under the radar, I guess.
Same goes for Daniel Glass, who is an amazing drummer but internationally not that popular.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:52 PM
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Fabrizio Moretti from The Strokes doesn't get his due as far as I'm concerned. Here's a pretty good article about his approach to drumming:

http://drummagazine.com/fabrizio-mor...s-the-strokes/

He provides a steady, driving backbeat, and I really dig what he does with his right foot. A huge inspiration to me as a youngster, and to this day The Strokes remain one of my all-time favorite bands.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:50 PM
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I forgot to mention Carter McLean. Great drummer (and his playing is just my cup of tea). Only few people know of him, he does a lot of Broadway stuff but also plays with some bands. I got to know him rather by accident when browsing the net. He appeared on drumeo and ... wow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k_8XTVMWvE
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Old 11-15-2017, 02:43 PM
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Some good drummers that not that many people outside the music business know are
Andrea Beccaro (Worked with Popa Chubby e.g.)
Mike Botts (lots of studio work during 70'/80's, worked with "Bread")
Bruce Becker (fantastic drumteacher as it seems. Dave Weckl and other "hall of fame drummers" take lessons with him)
Dafnis Prieto
Yoni Madar
Gulli Briem also flies under the radar, I guess.
Same goes for Daniel Glass, who is an amazing drummer but internationally not that popular.
I'm always amazed when watching Yoni Madar.
His technique is incredible and his kick phrasing flows with the floor toms with impressive feel.
He really has that certain something.
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:14 PM
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Dixie Lee of Lone Star from the 1970s. Firing on all Six is the album.
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:31 PM
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Nick D'Virgilio
Mike Botts
Rick Marotta
Bobby Elliot
Martin Axenrot
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:41 PM
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I keep mentioning this guy, but Homer Steinweiss of Sharon Jones & The Dapkings, The Menahan Street Band, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Lady Wray, Bruno Mars, etc.
+1! Homer has really incredible feel.
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:56 PM
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Mark Brzezicki - Big Country

Regardless of what kind of song it is, his drumming is always tasteful. The only official Big Country album without him on drums was Buffalo Skinners, and it's none other than Simon Phillips replacing him for that record. That itself speaks volumes.
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Old 11-15-2017, 04:06 PM
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+1! Homer has really incredible feel.
He absolutely has, and recognizably his, too. I was listening to Lady Wray's Queen Alone album before I looked up the personnel, and thought, 'That really sounds like Homer drumming,' and sure enough...

His drumming on the title track of Lee Fields' My World is ace funk/soul groove drumming, complete with break beat waiting to be sampled.

He often does one-handed 16th note hi-hat funk grooves at such a high tempo that it makes me think, 'Geez, man, wouldn't it have been easier to play 8th notes?'
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:18 PM
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Default Aaron Comess/Spin Doctors

Seven years in and this guy hasn't been named . . . There's not an obviously better drummer alive. I know Spin Doctors are something of a running joke, but take a listen to Shinbone Alley/Hard To Exist and tell me this isn't some spectacular grooving. Has it all.
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:14 PM
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Gary Driscoll (Elf, w/ Ronnie Dio; original Blackmore's Rainbow drummer)

Dickie Harrell (Gene Vincent's Blue Caps)

Dave Barbarossa (Bow Wow Wow)
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:24 PM
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Seven years in and this guy hasn't been named . . . There's not an obviously better drummer alive. I know Spin Doctors are something of a running joke, but take a listen to Shinbone Alley/Hard To Exist and tell me this isn't some spectacular grooving. Has it all.
Sometimes it's all about context.

Two absolutely incredible players, Tommy Aldrich and Shawn Lane, both played with Black Oak Arkansas of which I pretty much thought of as a joke.but outside of those corny confines they were monsters.
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:42 PM
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Sebastian Lanser-----Panzerballet, Obscura
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:54 PM
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Seven years in and this guy hasn't been named . . . There's not an obviously better drummer alive. I know Spin Doctors are something of a running joke, but take a listen to Shinbone Alley/Hard To Exist and tell me this isn't some spectacular grooving. Has it all.
I'm a fan, love his playing.
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:15 AM
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Someone has already mentioned Brian Downey. But what a relatively unknown monster. Great groove, always played for the song but had great chops when the music called for it. I think Thin Lizzy wrote a lot songs around Brian's playing because their music is full of drum breaks and short solos. And they are all played very well. None of them sound like a chops fest, but the chops are there.

Gary Mallaber from the early Steve Miller band. What groove and creativity.

Has anyone yet mentioned Floyd Sneed from Three Dog Night?
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:51 PM
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Some of my favorites. All the drummers are from Canadian bands that made great music and had only marginal success.

Gary McCraken- Max Webster
Gerry Mercer- April Wine
Martin Deller- FM
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:36 PM
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Andy Newmark - Sly

Graham Lear / Michael Shrieve (I'm convinced they are the same person) - Santana
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:59 PM
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John "Drumbo" French of Captain Beefheart.

Art Tripp III, aka "Ed Marimba," of Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra [now a retired drummer, working as a chiropractor].
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:08 PM
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Andy Newmark - Sly

Graham Lear / Michael Shrieve (I'm convinced they are the same person) - Santana
A lot of being underrated these days comes from none of the classic stuff being played on the radio any more.

When's the last time you heard any of Zebop or Gist of the Gemini being played on the radio?
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Art Tripp III[/url][/b], aka "Ed Marimba," of Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra [now a retired drummer, working as a chiropractor].

I read that Terry Chimes, who played drums on the first Clash LP, and later joined the band after Topper Headon was let go, also became a chiropractor.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:30 PM
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If I said Larry Mullen Jr would I be laughed out of this forum?
Stripped down, simple, to the point beats that support the song and aren't meant to stroke his own ego.
That could be because he doesn't care all that much and lacks the skill anyway. Read some interviews with him, he doesn't seem all that passionate about music, let alone the band he's actually involved with, but that being said, I still think his playing is great. I like the part on "Running to Stand Still" on The Joshua Tree album, just a floor tom and kick drum the whole time. The groove on the song "Please" from the Pop album is also pretty cool, kind of a different feel from what he normally does. A lot of his playing on Achtung, Baby! and Zooropa I thought was great too, lots of interesting percussion textures and use of the off-beats on his toms, riding the cowbell or tamborine, etc.
He may not be a virtuoso but he does what's best for their songs and works in enough unique touches to set himself apart, IMO.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:23 PM
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Anyone mention Mel Gaynor yet?

Perfect fit for Simple Minds.

I believe he actually got that job because he was already a recognised session player.

Solid beat for the electro-ish '80s music the band played but enough groove to keep it human, and he could really apply a lot of force in a live situation when the band tore it up.
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