9)  Richard Thomas.

When I joined the 4AD family in the ’80s with Dead Can Dance, one of our fellow bands on the label was Dif Juz.  Their drummer, Richard Thomas, was an exceptional musician who can also be heard playing piano (I think?) and saxophone (for sure) on their magical album ‘Extractions’.  When Dif Juz played live the performance tended to be quite static from the guitarists – albeit they were creating marvellous, rich soundscapes – while Richard was a blur of motion behind the drums creating constantly shifting and cascading rhythms.  And, as I recall, he was also a lovely bloke, so highly deserving of his place in my list!

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


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