Best Jazz DrummersA list about the best drummers in the most underrated genre ever! "Jazz era".
The Top Ten
There is not enough words to express the greatness and superior drumming of buddy rich. Whether he was playing a small venue night club or huge arena or jazz festival he gave you more than a hundred percent. Many drummers claim to play like buddy rich. But there was only one buddy rich. Like Gene Krupa said many many times buddy rich is the greatest drummer to draw breath. That statement by gene Krupa still holds true today
BUDDY RICH played inn a concert in my home town in the early 80s, LoL my former band director/drum section leader actually was in stage & did a battle against the king of jazz drumming...& he lost... lol it was awesome...
Maybe it's a matter of big band versus small group. True, he totally kicks ass in the big band. Ditto for Krupa. But all in all, I'd rather listen to Max, Art, Elvin, Tony, Jack, Roy and many others. - JimmyL
Nobody touched this guy. The greatest of them all. Hands like machines. There will never be another like him again.V 3 Comments
Most creative drummer ever. Syncopated snare work was extremely unique.
You have Tony Williams' photo for Elvin...come on.
Elvin was a truly profound player who freed the drum concept from linearity. Great depth of ideas and powerful swing.
Gene Krupa is generally cited as the jazz drummer who brought the traps out front as a solo instrument. Without his innovations and leadership, there would be no other star drummers - no Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Max Roach, Frankie Dunlop, Chico Hamilton, Mel Lewis, Elvin Jones, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, etc., etc. (As a matter of fact, Buddy Rich, a close friend, called Gene the "beginning and end of all jazz drummers.") Gene was either at the top or close to the top of the public's favorite jazz drummers for several decades, especially during his first decade of stardom (1935-45) and was a beloved figure amongst other jazz drummers - in fact, other jazz musicians- for his entire professional life. He influenced all who came after him. Although some other drummers are cited as having the best "chops," Gene's chops were dazzling; it seemed that whatever he wanted to do on the drums, he could do, and if for some reason he couldn't, he studied further and got up to speed. Gene was a ...more
The best-nothing more to say...
My granddad loves this guy - bobbythebrony
For my money, more musical and entertaining than Buddy Rich by far. Buddy Rich had technique, Louie Bellson had music (and great technique).
Max Roach must have been good if he was able to play from 1944 to 2002
Agree--should be higher in the list.
Should be way up this list
At 70? a legend!
Amazing fluidity, moves through different time signatures so smoothly, has power, mind-blowing technique, and an incredible awareness of how he affects the music. My favorite, by far, but without the great predecessors like Rich, Jones, Bellson, Krupa, Blacked, Roach, and contemporaries like Cobham and Gadd, there wouldn't be a Weckl.
Incredible power plus outstanding tecnique!
Great composer too
Considering his major health issues, one of the most talented percussionist that ever lived!
Fastest drummer in the world
Nobody's better. Except maybe Max Roach.
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2. Gene Krupa
3. Elvin Jones