Born in Rochester, New York, Gadd was guided towards drumming from a young age. His uncle, who was an army drummer, encouraged his young nephew to start drum lessons. He then went on to become one of the most influential drummers of all time.
He set a new standard for techniques and performance, gaining him many fans. Just listen to “Aja,” and you’ll see what we mean. He’s worked with many musicians and groups, best known for working with Paul Simon, Steely Dan, and Simon & Garfunkel.
A fabulous jazz drummer, Anthony Tilmon Williams is one of the greats. He’s so revered that he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame back in 1986. He first gained repute when working with Miles Davis and helped pioneer the movement of jazz fusion.
Probably the greatest compliment Williams received was from music critic Robert Christgau, who exalted him, describing him as “probably the best drummer in the world.” Wow!
No list would be complete here without some alt-rock love! Mike Bordin of Faith No More snatches up a spot on our list, and it’s all credit to his amazing skills. He’s got a unique, pulverizing style. And he can adapt - to be a jackhammer or be as soft as a needle dropping.
He’s a leftie who plays a right-handed kick-drum, which we’re basically floored at. Named “Puffy” due to the unruly afro hairstyle he wore in the 80s, he’s also played for Black Sabbath and EZ Street!
Another insanely talented drummer on our list of treats is Terry Bozzio. Born in San Francisco, the drummer is known best for his work with Missing Persons, as well as legendary rocker Frank Zappa. He started drumming at age ten with makeshift drums - think coffee cans, crumpled road signs - before begging his old man for drum lessons (you can thank The Beatles’ performance on Ed Sullivan).
He then played in rock musicals jazz groups and then auditioned for Zappa. He’s played with the late Jeff Beck and is also renowned for his solo ventures. He’s a delight to watch and one of the most dynamic drummers!
We’re on a roll here - from thrash metal to heavy metal, we’re just paying our dues to the great bands that shaped the hard rock scene. Lars Ulrich is the drummer of Metallica. Born in Denmark, and grandson to Torben and Einer Ulrich, he began as a budding tennis player before then transitioning over to playing drums.
Pretty incredible! Everyone thought he’d go down the tennis path, but after seeing Deep Purple in Copenhagen, he decided tennis wasn’t for him at all.