SKF NOTE: For a moment last week — a brief moment — I wondered, “Have I exhausted my lifelong study of drummers and drumming?” This was one of my rare “What drummers haven’t I heard?” moments.
I was scanning 1973 Down Beat album reviews. Many of the albums had drummers I had listened to — and liked — many times: Sam Woodyard, George Brown, Ralph Humphrey, Joe LaBarbera, Steve Gadd, Shelly Manne, Donald Dean, and Mousey Alexander.
There really is always someone new to hear. It might be a drummer who is new in that he or she is just gaining wider public exposure. And it might be a drummer who — as with the five drummers I just mentioned — was recording over 40 years ago, and for some reason I never even knew their names until last week.
And that, for me, is one the best parts of drummers/drumming. Five new starting points: Here is a sample of the five drummers on the albums DB reviewed in 1973.
Arlington Davis, Jr
Jean Louis Viale
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