This thread is getting long, and I suspect many aren't reading all of the posts. To avoid repetition, please see post #162. I think it is an appropriate response to your post here. A pre-sponse, if you will, in anticipation of this kind of comment.Thank you!
I certainly appreciate the admiration you have for Buddy, I do. Within the context of what you find important in a player, Buddy perhaps was/is the greatest drummer. My point that perhaps I made badly is the context is left to the individual when not clearly stated. What I find important in a player is different. It is not how well the musician is known, nor is it a bass drum solo, or a fast left hand, it is the musicality of the performance. Weckl will never play swing as well as Buddy. On the other hand, Buddy could not play the fusion as well as Weckl. I learned a long time ago there are styles I will never play as well as someone who plays that particular style every day. I can play a country tune, but it will not sound as good as someone whose entire focus is country. But who is the better drummer... depends on the context
I said I was not really a fan. I didn't say I couldn't appreciate the talent and accomplishments.
Thanks again for the welcome to the forum.