John Densmore: Elvin Jones Was My Idol

One-On-One With Doors Drummer John Densmore (Part 2)
Jim Clash Contributor – 1/23/2015 @ 5:04PM


JC: You weren’t a straight 4/4 drummer. There was a jazzy, bossa nova feel. Who were your early influences?

John Densmore: Elvin Jones was my idol…. And I saw all the great jazz drummers. Stewart Copeland…says, ‘Me, John [Densmore] and Mitch Mitchell, the Jimi Hendrix drummer, are jazz-rock drummers,’ and he’s right. He says John Bonham [Led Zeppelin] was more of a titanic rock drummer, a giant heavy sound with big emphasis on the bass drum. Me, Stewart and Mitch were more about the hands, and fills – not just doing a 2/4. Examples of those fills were in Light My Fire, The Music’s Over and The End.

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