We found the following buried deep inside the old website I hope you enjoy it. BW.
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!
- 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.