Heard of him but not familiar with him either. Watched part of this. Will finish later. Man’s got some chops:I guess it depends on who you ask. I’m not familiar with Chris Dave at all, but I’ve been trying to sound like Tony for decades.
Karriem Riggins maybe?It does seem like his thing has become the dominant voice in modern jazz, fusion and hip hop drumming (I'm just saying it seems like that - not an objective statement). I'm not educated enough to fully attribute that style to him, but as far as I can remember, he was the first or at least most visible player to marry the wobbly Dilla thing and blend it with the dry, super focused, and dense pattern stuff that Mike Clark and Billy Cobham were known for. I can't think of anyone else who was doing that as early and on as large a stage as Chris Dave.
I love Chris Dave's playing - and totally recognize how profound and revolutionary it is and see how much it is influencing players, but... but to answer your question... at least so far....no.Chris Dave, in terms of sheer influence is on the same level as Tony Williams?
I second thisI think Chris was a game-changer. He was the next guy to cause a huge shift in how a lot of guys played after Dennis blew up. He's a huge part of the lexicon among younger cats, at least in DC/Baltimore and what crosses my YT feed. To be a credible R&B player these days, we need to grasp what he brought to the table.
And on by the way, Chris did his homework on TW. I first saw him in the early 90's on Ray Angry's Howard Senior Recital video, doing a few straight-ahead tunes. Totally killed it. He had the whole room screaming.