Aldridge was very creative with his double kick grooves, for which he would also have to get plenty of innovation points. Not so sure about originality, though I would have to guess he does well there too. I mean sure, Baker and Moon were using double bass before him, but nothing like "Hot n Nasty" or "Up" so far as I know. He was also pretty innovative when it comes to playing with his hands, though I don't think that contributed a terrible lot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiWMerkLpwE
What...the...fuck? I've always liked BOR but I never knew Aldridge played for them.
Anyway, I take back my statement because THAT CLIP WAS WICKED.
I'd say he scores massively on creativity, originality and skill. He can't be given too high a score for innovation though, even if he did 'expand' on the technique after Baker and Moon introduced it in rock (imo that would fall more under creativity). But like I said, creativity, originality and skill are a given for this guy. Not sure about influence or stylistic versatility...
Was anyone using double bass that fast before 1973? The only one I can think of is Ian Paice on Fireaball, but even that isn't as fast or controlled as what Aldridge does here.
... as a note of trivia Paice borrowed one of Moon`s bass drums to put along side his for the recording of the tune Fireball ... both Purple and the Who were recording in the same studio at the time ....Take care
Jazz fusion time - Dustbins and Paicesetter ... you will not be disappointed ... Ian Paice (drums), Miller Anderson (guitar) and Colin Hodgkinson (bass)..... Take care