Name three of yours the most favourite drummers


I nominate the following

1. Mark Nauseef
2. Ginger Baker(yeah, the erly one!)
3. Jackie Liebezeit
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I 'nominate'

-Akai MPC2000XL
-Chris Vrenna
-Chris Kinzy

Three different personalities, but all are little gems. When do we decide who gets the Drummy?
Neil Pert
Tony Willams
Billy Cobham
Chester Thompson
Neil Pert
Jerry Marotta
Art Blakey, Charlie Watts, Keith Moon. (But why stop at three? That leaves out Ringo Starr, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Higgins, D.J. Fontana, Ziggy Modeliste, Hal Blaine, Tommy Ramone, Max Roach, Clyde Stubblefield, Paul Cook, Mel Taylor, Fred Below, Elvin Jones, Mick Waller, Nick Knox, Sly Dunbar, Richard Delvy, Al Jackson, J.M. Van Eaton, Lloyd Knibb, Jabo Starks, David Robinson, Maureen Tucker, Roger Hawkins, Sam Woodyard, Earl Palmer...you get the idea, but I'm running out of them!...)
In no particular order...
Carter Beauford
Neal Pert
John Bonham
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Has nothing to do technically...
Obviously there is a wide gap in skill from top to bottom..
But the question is Favorite..
These men definately make me Air Drum everytime..
Happy listening,
Joe
Custom Audio LLC
Hey, why not four drummers?

-Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
-John Bonham (Led Zep)
-Terry Bozio (Frank Zappa)
-Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
These are the best IMO:

- Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett Trio)
- Art Blakey (The Jazz Messengers)
- Stewart Copeland (The Police)
- Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
Neil Peart , John Bonham , Carter Beauford ,,,,,,,,How about Steve Gadd anyone?
Best drummer? Here they are:
1) Cozy Powell
2) Barrimore Barlow
3) Neil Peart
Bill Bruford
Phil Collins
Neil Pert
Paco Sery- Zawinul Syndicate-World Tour-Saw him at a Newport Jazz Festival event-STUNNING speed and timing,even at low volume.

Zukhair Hussain-Tabla player with John McLaughlin-Shakti,saw him in Dallas with McLaughlin-Again unbelievable speed ,feel and time.

Akira Jimbo-Astounding independence.
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David Garibaldi

Neal Pert

Simon Philips

Dave Weckl
Everyone has listed some great drummers in terms of pure technique and speed, but for drummers who just get in the groove (and stay there) how about the great Al Jackson who played on so much of the Stax material (Otis Redding being my favorite). Even though I am no great fan of the Stones, I would say Charlie Watts is a great groove drummer, and finally probably a jazz drummer like Art Blakey.
still drumming
zak starkey
mitch mitchell
sammi k

dead as a drumstick
moon
manne
manilow i mean philly joe
Carl Palmer
Buddy Rich
That's two, I'll think of a third one.
WANTED TO ADD MATT CAMERON TO THE LIST...
INSANELY TALENTED MODERN DRUMMER...
Carl Palmer (ELP), Vinnie Colaiuta (Zappa), Billy Cobham
Just listen to "Going Mobile" by the Who. Keith Moon was, and sadly, still is the only drummer able to play in a "completely out of control" manner while STILL carrying the song.

Simon Philips and Ansley Dunbar should receive special recognition for being SO talented at such a young age. (Both were topping the charts before they were 18).

And how can you forget Bernard Purdie if you desire smooth?
Manu Katche, Horatio "El Negro" Hernandez, Lewis Nash
Ginger Baker
Keith Moon
Carmine Appice
Terry Bozzio, Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, Jason Rullo (Symphony X). "Terry Bozzio is the Bruce Lee of the Drums", I suggest you check him out at Terry Bozzio.com!
Mickey Hart
Bill Kruetzmann
Carter Beauford

Honorable mentions:
Butch Trucks
Jai Johnny Johnson
John Molo (Bruce Hornsby/Early Other Ones)
Dave Weckl,Terry Bozzio,Anders Johansson
Keith Moon - Amazing, saw him in 1975 with the Who
Ringo Starr - complimented the Beatles perfectly
Billy Cobham - lightning speed and have his autograph too :)
At the risk of getting punched in the mouth, it figures that audiophiles would have such a hard-on for drummers who are anally 'technical' and can't swing or bash (you guess which popular nominees from the posts above qualify for that dubious honor...hint: real drummers play kits of five pieces or less). I don't care how fast you can play paradiddles in odd time signatures, if you can't make me dance to a shuffle or tune your drums with soul, you suuuuck!
I am not even going to go into technical prowess, it is secondary to originality and style. I will also mention Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Keith Moon, the rarely mentioned Jon Hiseman and especially Carmine Appice. I also want to mention Corky Liang (Mountain), who did was nothing fancy but had his part in setting the pace for modern rock drumming. There have been so many excellent players who have taken the precendents set by these players to new levels, true, but these guys were the visionaries (IMO).
Z, I don't need to dance to a shuffle I usually aim to get high and some drummers I've listed can get me to that just by playing alone with no music...

HINT: Getting high occurs from consuming a high dencity and intencity of a spiritual flux. It occurs when your spirit is completely tuned up for... such source.

AFTERMATH: Many talented musicians use different sources of spiritual invocation to give out the music or let's say it to blend it tight to their spirits that in this case transfer it to the listeners tune it?
Bill Bruford, BJ Wilson, Neil Peart.
I am not even going to go into technical prowess, it is secondary to originality and style. I will also mention Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Keith Moon, the rarely mentioned Jon Hiseman and especially Carmine Appice. I also want to mention Corky Liang (Mountain), who did was nothing fancy but had his part in setting the pace for modern rock drumming. There have been so many excellent players who have taken the precendents set by these players to new levels, true, but these guys were the visionaries (IMO).
Neil Pert-Rush #1 Carl Palmer-ELP #2 Art Blakey #3
#1 Buddy Rich
#2 El Negro Hernandez
#3 Dave Weckl
Runners up:
Terry Bozzio
Carter Beauford
Peter Erskine
Joel Rosenblatt
Max Weinberg (don't laugh...he's amazing)
French contingent of the 70'd hippy bang Gong.The Lp is is called "Expresso" and a CD version came out and is probably out of print calleed "GADZOOKS".I was never the biggest fusion fan but it's AMZAZING.Have to go with Moon who was peerless in rock.Art balkey did amazing things that were made to sound simple (press rolls) etc.Other jazz drummers would be Max Roach,Kenny Clarke,and Roy Haynes.Olantunji was the first with "world music" (but here again check out Blakey's "African Beat").
Most musical players:

Larry Morello (sp? - Brubeck's drummer).
Ginger Baker
Tom Walsh who played percussive's with early "America" (for the money), but who is a monster R&B drummer.

Larry and Ginger are melodic while Tom can sneak in fifths that will stop a freight train (make your brain go CLUNK).
Dekay: Joe Morello
I mostly listen to jazz, hence my bias:
- Jack Dejohnette
- Paul Motian
- Jeff "Tain" Watts
Christian Vander (Magma)
Reed St. Mark (Celtic Frost)
Corky Laing (Mountain)
Pierre Moerlen (Gong) -- Chazzbo, that's your man.
Karen Carpenter, Davey Jones,Dave Clark, the drunner with the Partridge Family (forgot the name)and above all LITTLE RICKY RICARDO !!!
Here's three I didn't see anyone mention, David Garibaldi (Tower of Power),Matt Abts (Govt Mule) , and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
Zaik: Thanks, he looked like a Joe too (I'm bad with names).
My favorite is Steve Gadd.
Neil Peart
Keith Moon
Carl Palmer
Neil Peart, John Bonham, Tery Bozzio
Vinnie Colaiuta
Jeff Porcaro
Steve Gadd
Tony Williams
Billy Higgins
Roy Haynes
Peter Erskine
Steve Ferrone
Bernard Purdie
John Bonham
Steve Jordan
Abe Laboriel Jr.
Always been partial to Bill Bruford in all of his many "lives", as others have mentioned. John Bonahm was awesome and underrated for his contributions to LZ, albeit overrated for his contributions to debauchery (well maybe not). Kudos to Jla for mentioning Porcaro.

Really too many in jazz to begin listing, IMHO.

What, no mention of Gene Krupa?!
Johan Langell,(Pain of Salvation), Jaime Salazar, (Flower Kings), Simon Phillips
1) Neil Peart (RUSH)
2) Virgil Donati (solo and now with Planet X, the most incredible drummer i've ever heard on double bass)
3) Jim Keltner (probably the best studio drummer in the world)

I also have great respect for guys like Danny Carey (TOOL), Phil Collins, Simon Philips, Terry Bozzio, Josh Frese, Mark Brezecki (sp?), Manu Katche and many others.
Bill Stewart, Bill Bruford, Peter Erskine
Russ Kunkle - I can't believe no one's mentioned him. Wow
Steve Gadd - I loved his work with the band Charlie
Mic Fleetwood - Don't get no respect, but really can boogie