Re: Top Ten Drummers
« Reply #16 on: Apr 7th, 2017, 3:36pm »
1. Carl Palmer 2. Andy Ward(Camel) 3. Jon Hiseman (Colosseum and Barbara Thomson band) 3. Wojtek Szadkowski ( Collage and Satellite) 4. Mike Portnoy 5. Bill Buford 6. Phil Collins 7. Scott Higham (Ex- Pendragon) 8. Stewart Copeland - (Curved Air, The Police) 9. Dave Stewart ( Ex-Camel, Fish, Pilot and lots more bands) 10. Cozy Powell
I know Neil Pert is rated highly but don't own any Rush music... There are many more but these drummers above have impressed me with their solo's and work..
Ringo, Keith and Nick were so-so drummers. Townsend even says Keith was a terrible drummer - he was all over the place.
As I mentioned above, Ringo was able to do what the song needed from a feel perspective. And even though he lacked technical prowess, he was quite innovative. I can't think of clear precedents for his parts on Ticket to Ride, Rain, Tomorrow Never Knows, Come Together, etc. Many accomplished drummers still sing his praises:
(Note that they start this video with Rain.)
As for Keith, he was all over the place, which would probably have been a disaster for most conventional bands. But in a lot of ways, he made The Who's sound. He was not a timekeeper, but instead played musical parts to further enhance a song.
(Note how the camera shifts from focusing on Roger to Keith. In what other performance do they focus mainly on the drummer?)