Good call! I played along to these albums a lot when I was playing bass, killer grooves by Jemmott and Purdie.There are so many but for me there are 2 that are the most fun, both from the same night - King Curtis/Aretha Franklin: Live At The Fillmore West
I've been listening to Steely Dan quite a bit lately and playing along. Learning the songs down pat would be a great education for any drummer, I should think. I expected the Purdie tracks to be funky but he does much more than that. Hearing him outside the James Brown material he's known for was a real eye opener.In that case, my favorite play along albums are by Steely Dan: "Katy Lied," "Royal Scam," and "Aja." There are so many great drummers and styles to learn from on those albums: Jeff Porcaro, Bernard Purdie, Rick Marotta, Paul Humphries, Steve Gadd, Ed Green, Jim Keltner. And the guitar playing is supreme! Inspiring! I'm dating myself.