Maxwell Lemuel Roach may not be familiar to many of you – but for those percussionists and lovers of the drums, you’ll know exactly how important he was to pioneering bebop! The American jazz composer and drummer is considered one of the most influential drummers in all of musical history!
He played with the likes of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Thelonius Monk! Quincy Jones has referenced him as part of the “A-Team” of bebop music and has been influenced by his innovations on the drum scene.
We all love a bit of chili. We especially love the red, hot peppers. Next up is Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who’s been through thick and thin with the band since 1988. Fun fact - he’s one of the very few drummers to have cropped up on “The Simpsons,” and he’s also had some fun skits with comedian Will Ferrell!
The SABIAN Cymbals aficionado has the ability to bring out a funky, deep groove that drives RHCP, with his diverse influences (think Buddy Rich and John Bonham) and keen sense of the beat. He’s technically excellent and brilliantly intuitive, but he also knows how to have some fun!
Do any of y’all love a bit of disco? Because for us, it’s one of our top genres of music! This list wouldn’t be complete without Anthony Terrence Thompson, the driving force behind Chic and Power Station! He had an incredible ability to be able to adapt to any session and move effortlessly from jazz to funk to rock and back again!
He was a hot commodity and had a talent that was second to none. We raise our sticks to this session, man and fabulous drummer.
Alex Van Halen
We do love a bit of glam rock, and which band is better, an example than Van Halen? Of course, their drummer is none other than Alex Van Halen, who has played quite a few shows in his time! And if you need proof of his drumming ability, just listen to “Hot for Teacher” - the precision is almost frightening.
Not to mention the fact that he was the co-founder of Van Halen when it was formed in 1972!
Mr. Weinberg, also known as “Mighty Max,” is indeed one of the great drummers - and is best known as the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s “E” Street Band. The drummer is not just that, but a fantastic musician because he’s got the “ear.”
That ear is what makes a musician great because it means they have the ability to hear what a song needs. And Weinberg certainly did that as the drummer and the backbone of the band. He initially played in pit bands for the theatre before answering an ad for a drummer - for Springsteen!