In search of extra nasty drumming
June 26, 2018 10:26 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for music with extra backbeaty drums ("nasty" might be an appropriate adjective). The kind of drums that make your face wince. Most of the examples I have fall under "jazz" though I'm sure other genres have what I'm looking for as well. Examples within.
posted by mustardayonnaise to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Extra backbeat-y? I give you Eddie Bo, with the Meters backing him in the studio: Hook and Sling Part 2.
posted by rachelpapers at 10:46 AM on June 26, 2018 [1 favorite]

Based on your examples, I think you're looking for what I would describe as very "busy" funk/fusion drumming. I could recommend a lot of this, but it might be easiest if I list some drummers and some artists they're known for playing with, and you can browse through their discographies. I'll highlight some albums that immediately come to mind.

--Steve Gadd, especially with Chick Corea in the 70s, especially the albums The Leprechaun and The Mad Hatter
--Terry Bozzio with Frank Zappa on the album Zoot Allures; with the Brecker Brothers on the album Heavy Metal Bebop
--Vinnie Colaiuta, e.g., his solo album and on the album Document by Karizma
--Dennis Chambers with John Scofield (Blue Matter) and the band Niacin (Organik)
--Nate Smith on the Chris Potter Underground albums (Follow the Red Line is a good one)
--Steve Smith with the bands Steps Ahead (Live in Tokyo 1986) and Vital Information
--Also if you like Weckl he has a deep catalog, both solo and with the Chick Corea Elektric band
--David Garibaldi with Tower of Power
posted by crLLC at 11:33 AM on June 26, 2018 [2 favorites]

Carl Pannuzzo, both fronting and backing Checkerboard, pours his heart into It's A Man's Man's Man's World (so much backbeat he drops a drum off the kit)
posted by flabdablet at 11:34 AM on June 26, 2018

Oh wow, yes! Thanks all, keep em coming. flabdablet, I'm with you on the heart and soul, but I think I'm looking for music that's got more of a tight groove - I should have included that in the original question.
posted by mustardayonnaise at 12:33 PM on June 26, 2018

Ginger Baker, esp with Air Force. Tony Allen.
posted by ElectricGoat at 1:45 PM on June 26, 2018 [1 favorite]

--Tony Williams
--Billy Cobham
--Chad Wackerman
posted by Mr.Me at 1:48 PM on June 26, 2018 [1 favorite]

At 1:37:30 here, you can catch some amazing drumming from BOTH of the Tedeschi Trucks Band drummers.
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:06 PM on June 26, 2018

Golden-age hip-hop was built on sampling, and, as you might guess, a lot of those songs have some nasty drumming. E.g.:

Syl Johnson - Different Strokes
Johnny Jenkins - I Walk on Gilded Splinters
The Honey Drippers - Impeach the President
Dyke and the Blazers - Let a Woman Be a Woman Let a Man Be a Man

Those are a few of my favorites, but looking at compilations like 'Ultimate Breaks and Beats' and 'Strictly Breaks,' 'Shaolin Soul,' etc., or poking around WhoSampled, or listening to breaks mixtapes, will reveal more possibilities.
posted by box at 2:23 PM on June 26, 2018

Jeff Sipe
posted by thelonius at 2:52 PM on June 26, 2018

Jaki Liebezeit
posted by bonobothegreat at 6:44 PM on June 26, 2018 [3 favorites]

Theodorakis soundtrack for 'State of Siege'.
posted by ovvl at 6:51 PM on June 26, 2018

Chris Dave 'Actual Proof'
posted by pepcorn at 7:06 PM on June 26, 2018

Perhaps a little Alan White?
posted by flabdablet at 8:36 PM on June 26, 2018

Clyde Stubblefield with James Brown
posted by STFUDonnie at 8:40 PM on June 26, 2018

A bit slower but still pretty damn nasty: Bernard Purdie and the 'Purdie Shuffle'.
posted by Television Name at 10:35 PM on June 26, 2018 [2 favorites]

Ian Paice is just a monster.
posted by flabdablet at 10:44 AM on June 27, 2018

Nate Wood
1, 2

Mark Guiliana

Arthur Hnatek

Louis Cole

For what it's worth, I love drumming like this. I found out about Nate Wood and Arthur Hnatek by listening to Tigran Hamasyan's music -- so you might like his stuff too ^_^
posted by =d.b= at 8:50 AM on June 29, 2018

Jeff Russo
posted by flabdablet at 9:17 AM on June 30, 2018

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