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THE FOLLOWING LIST WAS MADE OFF OF THE TOP OF MY HEAD AND WRITTEN DOWN IN ABOUT AN HOUR ON A RAINY THURSDAY WHEN THE YANKEES GAME THAT I WAS GOING TO WAS RAINED OUT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENCIAL ARTISTS I REMEMBER LOVING. IN MANY CASES, I STILL LISTEN TO THIS STUFF.

A FEW FAVORITE DRUMMERS / ALBUMS:

  • Bonham - Led Zep boxed set
  • Art Blakey - anything by Art, my favorite version of the band was with Lee Morgan
  • Ringo Starr - "Revolver" and "Rubber Soul" and ALL the rest
  • Papa Jo Jones - "Jo Jones Trio" (on Everest Records # FSR-CD 40) Hands!
  • Keith Moon - "Live At Leeds" and "Who’s Next"
  • Elvin Jones - "Live at The Lighthouse" & "Merry Go Round" plus "Speak No Evil" by Wayne Shorter and by John Coltrane, "Crescent" & "A Love Supreme"
  • Paul Motian - with Bill Evans or one of his solo albums
  • Joey Baron - his solos albums, but there’s one John Scofield album...?
  • Ziggyboo Modelese - anything by The Meters - funky funky funky!
  • Bernard Purdie - "Royal Scam" by Steely Dan (not to mention the Aretha + stuff!)
  • Nigel Olsen - any Elton John
  • Levon Helm - "Music from Big Pink" by The Band plus any of The Band. Have
    you seen the film, "The Last Waltz"? (incredible!)
  • Steve Gadd - "Aja", Steely Dan + many. many more
  • Ginger Baker - "Disraeli Gears", by Creme and "Blind Faith" by Blind Faith (on Polydor)
  • Ed Blackwell - "Circle With a Hole In The Middle", by Ornette Coleman
  • Billy Cobham - "Birds Of Fire" by John McClaughlin Orchestra and "Jack Johnson", by Miles Davis
  • Mark Craney - "Brother To Brother", Gino Vanelli
  • Eric Gravatt - "I Sing The Body Electric", by Weather Report
  • Dave Grohl - Nirvana. Any of em. Wow, what a band!
  • Roy Haynes - "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" by Chick Corea
  • Mel Lewis - "Monday Night, Live At The Village Vanguard" by Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band
  • Jerry Marotta - with Peter Gabriel
  • Rick Marotta - with too many to mention here!
  • Joe Morello - "Take Five", by Dave Brubeck, of course!
  • Mitch Mitchell - The Jimi Hendrix Experience. All of it. Are You Experienced?
  • Buddy Rich - "Big Swing Face" by B.R. Big Band
  • Pete Thomas - "Imperial Bedroom", by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
  • Alex Van Halen - Another great band... well, sometimes you have to overlook the singer! :)
  • Charlie Watts - any Stones!
  • Tony Williams - All of his solo albums, but mostly "Miles Smiles" and "Seven Steps To Heaven", by Miles Davis
  • B. J. Wilson - "Shine On Brightly" by Procol Harem (passionate fills and beats)

OTHER ALBUMS OF GREAT INTEREST TO ME:

If you need greater tools in Pop-Rock song arranging, The Beatles and Radiohead are all you need to listen to.

  • "You’d Prefer An Astronaut" by Hum, (RCA #88577-2) This is as loud as it gets - great drummer too.
  • "Ten Easy Pieces" by Jimmy Webb (Guardian Records #2438-52826-2)
  • "Bone Machine" by Tom Waits. In fact, all of the Tom Waits stuff is great!
    "Blood On The Tracks" by Bob Dylan. See above statement!
    "Essence" by Lucinda Williams
  • "Jazz Me Blues - The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon" (Prestige#PRCD-11008-2) Money back guarantee on this one!  Mel Lewis on most songs
  • "Live At The Aollo" by James Brown (Polydor) Another money back guarantee!)
  • "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine. (Sire/Warner Bros. #9 26759-2) So different and incredible. Should’ve earned ALL engineering awards. This is stuff that you never hear anywhere else and it’s now over 20 years old!
  • "Donovans’ Greatest Hits" by Donovan. Nobody knew for sure how to "rock drum" then, and it’s cool the choices that are made.
  • "Passion" by Peter Gabriel
  • "Kiko" by Los Lobos
  • "Living With The Law" by Chris Whitley. This record is so damn beautiful...
  • "Joshua Tree" by U2
  • All Weather Report albums, especially the first one!
  • "In Pursuit Of Blackness" by Joe Henderson
  • Both of Robbie Robertson’s albums. The first is titled "Robbie Robertson", and the second is titled, "Storyville"
  • "Cat Stevens Greatest Hits" by Cat Stevens. Someday, somebody’s gonna cover the song "Peace Train" and make a lot of money. Great record.
  • All Frank Sinatra Records. He’s got SERIOUS time and vibe.
  • "George Shearing and The Montgomery Brothers" by George Shearing and The Montgomery Brothers. this is a great record that Jim Beard hipped me to.
  • All the Mingus albums are great.
  • All the Radiohead albums are great. And yes, I’m "thumbs up" with Kid A!

MISC. EXTRAS:

  • Favorite tech recording magazine: (forget about Mix...) subscribe (for free) to Tape Op.
  • Favorite food: Mexican, Indian and French.
  • Favorite Hot Sauce: Start with Cholula and/or Texas Pete
  • Favorite comedy album: "No Cure For Cancer" by Dennis Leary.
  • Favorite motion picture film directors: The Cohen Brothers and Terry Gilliam.
  • Favorite baseball team: The Cincinnati Reds.
  • Favorite painters: Pollack, Bleckner, Rothko, Miro, Van Gogh, Calder.
  • Favorite baseball players: Jackie Robinson, Seaver, Morgan, Bench, Perez, Rose, Clemente.
  • Favorite book about writing music: "Tunesmith", by Jimmy Webb.
  • Favorite book (otherwise):  "The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy".
  • Favorite - sweetest book to give to your friends:  "Watership Down".
  • Favorite coffee machine: Gaggia.