- Aug 12, 2020
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- Roxana, IL
I was poking a bit of fun at @Houndog ‘s comment about “swing off”, but hot dang! I flipping LOVE these answers! Thank you sincerely!!!!
I was going to mention Jeff Hamilton . His solos even swing !!!!And the answer is...a TIE between Jeff Hamilton and Peter Erskine. Hands down, sticks down.
Swings? It depends on what you mean by that word. In American music, the Swing Era was roughly 1935 to 1945 -- and comparable musical styles beyond (Ellington, Basie, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Harry James, etc. -- it's a looong list). Benny Goodman is widely acknowledged to be the father of Swing.Who swings the most?
Holy sweet Jesus ..........!!!!!!!!This guy!!
I love how he's looking around as if to say: "yeah Daddy 'O! can you dig it? I knew that you could!!"
Heck, let's throw Jeff Porcaro, Hal Blaine, Omar Hakim, Terry Silverlight, Mel Taylor, Kim Plainfield, Gary Chester, Jeff Krauss, Jimmy Cobb, Keith Carlock and Ronnie Verell in for good measure. Erskine is great too and should always be included in any list.I may have missed it, but I haven't seen anyone name the most obvious drummer yet. It's Bernard Purdie. After all, he played all the parts that were attributed to all the aforementioned drummers.
David Hungate (Toto) strumming a six-string for Duffy.Duffy Jackson!
I don't get this at all.Neil Peart "Heat
Well said - I think folks are confusing SWING with GROOVE in their answers here.Swings? It depends on what you mean by that word. In American music, the Swing Era was roughly 1935 to 1945 -- and comparable musical styles beyond (Ellington, Basie, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Harry James, etc. -- it's a looong list). Benny Goodman is widely acknowledged to be the father of Swing.
It appears that a lot of people who answered your question named drummers who appeal to them, regardless of their relation to Swing. Some mentioned Bernard Purdie and Errol Palmer. Both are heroes of mine, but neither had much of anything to do with Swing and rarely played or recorded anything that could be considered Swing.
That's all OK. I post this merely to suggest that when you pose a question like this, spend a few moments thinking about what the words in your question have actually come to mean in the history of American music. Explain just a little what you mean by the words in your question. Otherwise, everybody tacitly plugs in their own definitions, and we end up just talking past one another and not about anything in particular.
Benny Goodman WAS NOT the father of swing! Or the King of Swing. He had a great band, no doubt, and was prominent in the rise of the big band era. In the mid 1930's the music industry was not integrated, and as excellent as black big bands were, they could never achieve the same level of popularity as white bands. Benny's initial success was based on playing arrangements by Fletcher Henderson, who had a great band that never had the kind of success a white band could. In fact, Goodman payed Henderson $25 for some of the arrangements that became #1 hits. Goodman was promoted as the King of Swing, and that was good business, but he popularized a style of music created and nurtured by black bands. You should read some of the comments black musicians from that era had about Goodman being called the King of Swing. John Hammond produced Goodman's band: then he heard Basie's band out of Kansas City and declared he now heard a GREAT band that could really swing.Well said - I think folks are confusing SWING with GROOVE in their answers here.