Musicians who died in 2017: 589. Nicknamed Klook, the Pittsburgh-born Clarke (who was a charter member of The Fashionable Jazz Quartet) was current at bebop’s birth in the mid-40s and was probably the greatest jazz drummers within the style’s early growth. His hallmark was introducing syncopated accents on the bass drum (which the hepcats known as bombs”) while beating out a propulsive journey cymbal figure to maintain a swing groove. His fashion etched the template for all fashionable jazz drumming.
Music is, after all, not an athletic event, not a race, the place there is 1st, 2nd, and third, but my prime drummers list would come with the nice Duffy Jackson (Count Basie, Sammy Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton), and Tony DiNicola (Harry James). I’ve seen many of the of us on this listing live, and as a drummer of over forty years, to me, nobody may shine Buddy Rich’s … Read More