1 Jack DeJohnette
A thrill to hear the great Chicagoan, always. Out of the AACM and ex-Charles Lloyd, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, standards, avant garde, rocking the room – he can do it all.
2 Roy Haynes
Last of the bebop greats. Universal vibrations.
3 Terri Lyne Carrington
Composition and a sense of song are crucial in the TLC sound. Speaks to the world.
4 Jimmy Cobb
On Kind of Blue. Three very significant century-changing words.
5 Jeff 'Tain' Watts
With Branford Marsalis he was in one of the best acoustic quartets since the 1960s.
6 Eric Harland
An Elvin Jones for our times.
7 Nasheet Waits
Son of Freddie: powers the Bandwagon.
8 Jon Christensen
Belonging Band poet of the kit.
9 Billy Cobham
Hugely influential jazz-rock monster, Massive Attack owe him a big debt.
10 Brian Blade
Wayne Shorter drummer par excellence.
11 Andrew Cyrille
Free jazz icon and hero.
12 Tyshawn Sorey
Hugely influential on the US avant garde scene as a conceptualist and thinker.
13 Tony Allen
Afrobeat innovations with Fela feed directly into jazz.
14 Herlin Riley
Wynton's best ever drummer. Currently, and for quite a few years, with Ahmad Jamal.
15 Tootie Heath
With Coltrane at his most tender. Beautiful on 'Violets for Your Furs'. Incredible brushes touch.
16 Vinnie Colaiuta
A revelation in recent years with Herbie Hancock, feverish and compulsive. Inspires cult-like devotion from other drummers and understandably so.
17 Steve Gadd
Groove incorporated. Perfect on the new Blicher-Hemmer-Gadd.
18 Cindy Blackman Santana
Check out Cindy's Muse albums. Code Red etc, and work with Lenny Kravitz as well as currently with husband Carlos Santana.
19 Billy Hart
Made history with Herbie Hancock in the Mwandishi band. Jabali.
20 Chris ('Daddy') Dave
Chris Dave has created his own sound forged from the pulse of hip-hop and spliced it with bebop and neosoul.
Jack DeJohnette, photo: Wikipedia
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