Hey, Bass, Who's Your Favorite Drummer?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Killing Floor, May 15, 2020.

  1. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Something fun to think about. Who's your drummer idol? Who would you dream of playing with? Who's your counter in the pocket? Who is the Swiss watch on the riser in your mind?

    Starting -
    Makaya McCraven - because Oh My God! How do you do that?
    Terry Bozzio - Because he has 6 arms? The Black Page is other worldly.
    Donald Johnson - Khruangbin, just impeccable time keeping, so precise.
    Simeon Cain - Harder edge drummer, really swings, great timing with a lot of muscle.
  2. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    In no particular order:

    Neil Peart: Rush - supernatural drummer
    Matt Abts: Gov’t Mule - incredible drummer with a great feel
    Frank Beard: ZZ Top - great feel and creates a solid foundation for their music.
    Vinnie Appice: various band. - much to this guy and quite versatile
    Gil Moore: Triumph - aside from fantastic playing and great feel the man is an amazing vocalist.

    There are more but those are the ones that caught my imagination. I played drums before I switched to bass at 15 and these were some of my drum heroes.
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  3. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    Zigaboo Modeliste
    “Mean” Willie Green
    Adam Deitch
    Nikki Glaspy
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  4. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Charlie Watts
    Al Jackson, Jr.
    Bernard Purdie
    Jim Gordon(so sad)
    Thom Mooney...you may not have heard of him, he was the drummer in Todd Rundgren’s original band, The Nazz, but also did a number of other projects. Funny thing, I do actually know him, but never had the chance to play with him...
  5. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Just like the recent Favorite Bass Player Of All Time thread, I don't think I could ever narrow it down to one...and I might have trouble keeping it to 20!

    In no particular order:

    Narada Michael Walden
    John Bonham
    Bill Bruford
    Simon Phillips
    Gavin Harrison
    Terry Bozzio
    Wil Calhoun
    Steve Gadd
    Omar Hakim
    Trilok Gurtu
    Joey Baron
    Mike Clarke
    Stewart Copeland
    Ronald Shannon Jackson
    Don Brewer
    Kenwood Dennard
    Matt Cameron
    Chris Franz
    Steve Jansen
    Jon Christensen
  6. Phil Ehart (Kansas)
    Bill Bruford (YES, King Crimson)
    Carl Palmer (ELP, ASIA)
  7. Without doubt, Gene Krupa!
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  8. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Mark Ferrante, the guy I jammed with in various bands for 20 something years. Mark wasn't the big kit, big fills egomaniac drummer, rather he was the solid time keeping in the pocket drummer we all dream of. I nicknamed him Fed Ex, because he was on time.... all the time.
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  9. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    One of the coolest tunes of any era, written by Louie Prima; Krupa’s on fire...
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  10. Charlie Watts, who always kept the Stones a little funky
    Bill Berry of REM
    I admire Neil Peart
    I've always thought people are too hard on Larry Mullen, Jr.
    I like Alex Van Halen. As a drummer. Probably not as a human.
  11. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    Keith Moon fer sure, Charlie Watts a close, very close, second, and Buddy Rich for the "Grandad Award"!
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  12. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    David Garabaldi
    Stewart Copeland
    Carter Beauford
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  13. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Who’s your grandaddy?
  14. “Papa” Jo Jones is my second.
  15. I think there are drummers I admire as a listener, and drummers I'd like to be in a band with.

    Among the former are guys like Neal Peart, Danny Cary, Stewart Copeland, and Bill Bruford.

    Among the latter would be John Bonham, Joe Morello, Bill Ward.

    The drummer in my own band is great to play with. He uses a tiny 3 or 4 piece surf style kit but is always on point, always fun to play with.
  16. Zigaboo
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  17. jmon


    Jan 27, 2002
    Jax Fl.
    Josh Freese
    When you can be super busy but still in a deep groove it’s truly astounding. His work on A Perfect Circles album Mer De Nomes is some of my favorite drumming on any album.

    Chad Smith. RHCP. Very underrated drummer. He is built for exactly what they do. And does it amazingly.
  18. JaseOfBase


    Jan 6, 2019
    Nate Smith is straight fire.
  19. Big Fat Walrus

    Big Fat Walrus Guest

    Jul 27, 2019
    Billy Martin
  20. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Fresno California
    Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Benny Greb, Arkadiy Kornev, Chad Sexton, Andols Herrick, Marc Mas Marti, and last but certainly not least Mike Portnoy... to name a few.