Prove me wrong. But listen to him first, on:
- Squib Cakes (on the Tower of Power album Back to Oakland)
- What is Hip (on the album Tower of Power)
A drummer’s greatness isn’t measured by how many things he can hit or how fast he can hit them. A drummer’s greatness is measured by his ability to drive the band. By that measurement, David Garibaldi is the best I have ever heard.
Applying the same measurement, after David Garibaldi, here are my top five all time greatest drummers (not necessarily in this order): John Bonham, Aynsley Dunbar, Elvin Jones, Keith Moon, and Neil Peart.
Actually, if I had to put them in order of greatness, that would probably be the order.
There are probably other drummers, specifically jazz drummers, who deserve to be on my list: Art Blakey, Billy Higgins, and Lenny White come to mind.
Oh, and Bernard Purdie, who might be in a class by himself.
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