Nice one-handed crushes toward the end of the clip, while keeping the ride going. It's worth hunting for! Deen Castronovo : If they've heard of him at all, most people only know him for his drumming in Bad English and now Journey.
But this guy is proof that there's more to life than just Peart and Portnoy. I'm including a bunch of clips of Deen, because for sheer percussive testosterone, I've never heard anybody that can touch this guy!
At a session I did with Tris Imboden, Tris showed me how to do the Da Lick (Ruthless Juveniles Tribute) - Lo-Key Da Low Man - Low Ballin (CDr) cross-stick flams that had always baffled me. With the tip of the stick held against the head of the snare, bring the butt of the stick down on the rim of the first rack tom, then rapidly dropping onto the snare rim for a flam effect. This whole CD is great, featuring awesome drumming from Gadd and Porcaro.
While this clip from Billy Martin 's drum intro to Latin Shuffle is not jaw-droppingly hard, it's very clever. You can hear shouts of approval in the background - a nice touch, and well-deserved. This clip was sent in by a listener named Thrak - thanks for the suggestion! Okay, we all know Buddy Rich was incredible, but I wanted to feature a couple things he played that absolutely killed me, which some of you may not have heard.
This first one is a ripping snare lick that totally raises the intensity of the song Machinefrom Da Lick (Ruthless Juveniles Tribute) - Lo-Key Da Low Man - Low Ballin (CDr) Buddy Rich Collection CD. This is my favorite BR disc - while it doesn't contain the classics we all know like West Side Story or Channel One Suiteit does contain some great big band arrangements, with Buddy kicking Da Lick (Ruthless Juveniles Tribute) - Lo-Key Da Low Man - Low Ballin (CDr) band like nobody else could!
Spock excerpt 1 Mr. Spock excerpt 2. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Check out the similarity between this snare lick by Vinnie Colaiuta to the accented snare roll Tony plays in Fredabove. Vinnie's added some left-hand accents, but the vibe is very similar.
Here's a drummer I wish more people knew about: Mark Miller from Talasthe band from Buffalo that spawned bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan. While their music wasn't always memorable, there was no question that these guys could play. Miller distinguished himself from many metal drummers of the era with lots of Tony-like flam licks, not common in this genre of music.
The flammed snare lick at the end, based on a 5-note grouping, is pretty slick. Buddy again, this time in a rare demonstration of his awareness of the less is more principle.
Listen to the four incredibly placed snare shots he uses to kick the band on the shout chorus. It's not quite dotted eighths; it's not quite half-time triplets - it's just the perfect setup for the horn figure.
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