Classic Rock Junkie wrote:
I agree with a lot of what you say Ariel, though I may be a bit bias to Gavin's creativity. I'm not talking about innovation, just some of what he play just floors me because I don't think any other drummer would possibly approach it that way, similar to Carey, except Carey is far, far more creative. So in the end I guess we do get the same thing:
Jackson > Zigaboo > Alexander > Harrison
I don't think I could move Harrison below McBrain, but I could move him down more I agree. I just placed him there because I was recently watching a ton of his drum clinics and his quality as a drummer astounded me. I don't think Portnoy beats him though. Portnoy only takes Influence as far as I see, and if you think so, creativity but that's not enough.
Also I've heard lots of Beauford but don't know lots about Beauford. Do you guys think Jackson and Zigaboo should beat him and he be right ahead of Alexander (which is where he belongs, right next to Alexander IMO) or does he stay and Jackson come afterwards? I think Jackson beats him with Influence, originality, innovation which is enough to win.
I defo think Portnoy handily beats Gavin.
Creativity: Portnoy (honestly)
But the influence gap, which is the most important criterion, is fairly large between the two. And Port's versatility is nothing to scoff at either.
McBrain vs Gavin:
Creativity: McBrain (not that close imo, speaking as a huge Maiden AND Porc Tree fan)
Skill: Gavin heh
Again, McBrain's versatility, as Neg has made a point of in the past, is hardly anything to scoff at.
No way in hell Beauford beats Jackson and Ziggy. But he's definitely ahead of Gavin. Right next to Alexander does seem about right to me.
Recently I've been listening to a lot of James Brown on Pandora and his drummer astounds me. Top 30 lock imo. Thoughts?