Episode 4: Djazz Drumz

Written by on November 20, 2016

The “Worlds Greatest Drummer” Hal Blaine, photographed mid-drum.

This week’s theme: a nod to the “poor drummers”, featuring pieces with prominent, powerful, sensitive, and intuitive percussion (and basically any song with “drums” in the name). Jazz-centric, but with enough funk, rock, pop, and dad jokes to whet any palate. By the way, the names of all drummers and percussionists are listed after the group name (if they are not the leader).

He DID play on “Rockin’ Drummer”, a single from 1963, alongside Gary Chester.

Elvin Jones (foreground) and Richard Davis.





  • What's Your IQ
    Hal Blaine
    Buh-Doom!: Classic Gags & Grooves from the "World's Greatest Drummer"
  • Mandingo
    Mandingo (drums/percussion: Unknown)
    The Primeval Rhythm of Life
  • Swinging Drums
    Ronny Kae
  • Rocking Drummer
    Cozy Cole and Gary Chester
    Cozy Cole Hits!
  • Drummers
    Hal Blaine
    Buh-Doom!: Classic Gags & Grooves from the "World's Greatest Drummer"
  • Summertime
    Elvin Jones
    Heavy Sounds
  • Moon Dance
    Sun Ra (dr: Clifford Jarvis, perc: James Jacson, Tommy Hunter)
    Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy
  • Compulsion
    Andrew Hill (dr: Joe Chambers, perc: Renaud Simmons, Nadi Qamar)
  • The Prayer (Sifa Zote)...Outro (excerpt)
    Mtume Umoja Ensemble (drums: Billy Hart, Ndugu, congas: Mtume)
    Alkebu-Lan: Land of the Blacks (Live at the East)
  • Drummer Man
    Nancy Sinatra (dr: Hal Blaine)
    The Essential Nancy Sinatra
  • Premier Drums (Full Version)
    The Who (dr: Keith Moon)
    The Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition)

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