2)  Billy Cobham.

Well OK, here’s a guy who is a real drummer’s drummer and would probably feature in the top 10s of a lot of people who really know what they’re talking about. He’s here in mine because of his involvement during the ’70s in John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra and his featuring on the albums ‘Inner Mounting Flame’ and ‘Birds of Fire’ which were revelationary discoveries to the teenage me. Listening to his extraordinary drumming at a time when I was still trying to nail down a solid 4/4 rock standard was, in truth, a little dispiriting, but nevertheless an essential component part of the music I was into at that time.

For number three in Peter Ulrich (Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil) Top 10 Percussionists please go here


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