Please...let's not make this another Buddy vs the world thread. Let's try to stick to the topic.Buddy was the king of solos and always will be. I always laugh when I hear younger drummers say this and that negatively about him. If you can develop to play the left continuously as Buddy did and inject right hand accents on the snare, toms , bass drum, cymbals like he could, you would be coming close to what Buddy was about. I can do it. But not with the fluid speed Buddy had. His left hand finger flicks were incredible.
Yeah Ed was great. Think about 30 years, 5 nights a week, reading charts for every act from every possible genre of music and playing it authentically. Now that’s a drummer!
I don't think today's music lends itself to the fast, hard tempo solo's of yesteryear. So if you like today's music, you'll probably like today's more subliminal drumming approach. Drums today seem to be very much a background instrument that lightly accentuates the music instead of punctuating and driving it like it used to. The swing and bop eras were musical styles that were made for drum soloing. Rock was as well, but it didn't usually flow quite as well to me.I guess the big reason I asked my questions is I just seem to have lost interest in the bigger, faster, louder solos or fills over the years.
I'm more curious of how others' tastes have changed over the years. For example, does it go the other way? Have drummers started enjoying simpler playing and then get much more into more overt performance?