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Favorite Drummers

My little brother, Nate Smith  http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/56885411

My little brother, Shane Smith (Lead singer)  http://www.youtube.com/user/CharlesSanborn?blend=2&ob=5#p/u/2/Yh1ZMlB2HkQ ,

Me of course!  Playing a ned-i-fied New Orleans Bo Diddly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugR8ViLmG1E , at a gig in Korea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nAWjNlwMfo , letting out my animal side http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrVFO1F8vHI&feature=related , check this out just because http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=186Fdc59tWY

Sheila E  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UNa2IF8Ook

Mike Portnoy  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxuYIiGqXWk

Joey Jordison  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syrQ_DOW9NQ

Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMUqJ5x7LuQ

Tim Yeung  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSDOP6OqPnA

Tomas Haake  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap7Z5S6yTZM

Danny Carey  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH7iLEufFdA       

Steve Gadd  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx-VFTpTzUI

Buddy Rich  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erE8WTngaAY

Gene Krupa  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRjQzSwmEHw

Tommy Lee  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYkNIYON8oY

Bob Gullotti  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJtOh0lpEFQ

Billy Cobham  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2tNB-tQjiE&feature=fvwrel

Louie Bellson  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBQWaCLlK9Y

Art Blakey  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2je_TvW549E

Stewart Copeland  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlBFtQGF7oI

Alex Van Halen  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YRqkRmRocQ

      

Favorite Music Styles

        Jazz in all its forms (except:  breeze, new age, world beatless, mcjazz, and wimpy background music jazz --99% of the jazz players today!)

        Hip Hop

        Rock

        Latin  

        Banda de Sinalo

        Funk

        Alt Rock (even though it is about as anti-drummer and over the top guitar-only as country, I love it.)
    

 Favorite Drum Solos

        Steve Gadd in Chick Corea's Three Quartets  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=714lHLXx5ts&playnext=1&list=PL6B571A9E4176AD79 , something saw for the 1st time 7/25/2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naBAN_2kavE&feature=autoplay&list=PL6B571A9E4176AD79&index=60&playnext=2 , with Stanely Clark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je_iqbgGXFw

        Steve Gadd in Chick Corea's Leprechaun  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hUGKu5WwrA

        Billy Cobham in Spectrum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbLjObdYWhQ

        Billy Cobham in Total Eclipse  --here's a song from the album but can't find the solo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVElfN31JRg , here's Cobham playing a solo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLPNsS7fTW0&feature=related

        ? (Possibly Ed Thigpen?) in Woody Herman's Skinned

        ? in Woody Herman's Skinned Again

        Bob Gullotti in Surrender to the Air  (with Sun Ra's crew and Phish) can't find it on youtube but here's a great one of him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J6ziSDNEwY&feature=related

 

Favorite Accompaniments

        Billy Cobham in on Stratus  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYH4PC710ac

        Tomas Haake on Meshuggah's Bleed  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elNeQjTTnVo&ob=av2n

         Daney Carey on Tool's Lateralus (Fibonnocci odd time signatures version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7CZIJVxFY

        Elvin Jones in Wayne Shorter's Speak no Evil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nXqhfry8KQ

        Elvin Jones in Wayne Shorter's Juju http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq4iU9ZeU-A

        Dallas Taylor in Crosby Stills & Nash's "Our House", and "DeJa Vu" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUADeRYIwW0 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WolPmj1-XM

        Levon Helm in The Band's "Up on Cipple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EisXJSsULGM , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMHyovwX7JM

        Ali Brown in Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB4JDJiet5M  

        Alex Van Halen on "Panama" and "Hot For Teacher"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NshzYK9y0 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0XLKcMoXRE

        Stewart Copeland on Regatta De Blanc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFkUS1sSoPA

        John Bonham on Fool in the Rain, Ocean, and just about everything else he ever did including the bootlegs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co3z7LLON8U&feature=fvst , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4gfh0NdkA4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2QX7GZJRpE&ob=av2n

        Tommy Lee on Dr. Feelgood  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHP6U5vQ3mU

        Tony Thompson on Powerstation's "Some Like it Hot", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgYqIvnPvqQ&ob=av2e , and on Madonna's dance hall version of "Like a Virgin"--Tony just smoked it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1tHs-2-BqI

         

Favorite Tunes to Play (because the drummer can play them a different way every night)

        Really great dance music in any idiom:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90TzDXjWTdo , I love this guy he's in his 70's but mannn..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhOfC4FOaeE , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kAOZfyqHSs , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBsNpLdXco0 , http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tai+cruz+dynamite&aq=0&oq=Tai+cru , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMxX-QOV9tI&ob=av2e , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S9rI7Pb1BU

        Kinda' Blue All Blues Miles Davis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_1Pa6vE14c

        April in Paris, Corner Pocket, Shiny Stockings   Count Basie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buPYdXcfwJc , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVcBIs44eCY , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3SF4BbBcpA

        Little Wing, Manic Depression   Jimmy Hendrix  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad2EPO_y0ps , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYdq0ABH3so

        Can't Get No   Rolling Stones  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqKCvV-mqTA

        Nutville  by Horace Silver, Buddy Rich version.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcvzyt-EE_g

        Tell Me Something Good   Chaka Khan & Rufus  see previous section

        Summer Breeze (Blowing through the jasmines of my mind)   Seals & Croft  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsW8rXPcnM0

        Something in the Way She Moves   Beatles  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrW7dlDHH28

        Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band   Beatles  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOO8-Jp-xsg

        

Nostalgia.  I wish I could go Back to the Future and play these tunes with my mom & dad:

I'd love to get in a time machine, step out in the mid 70's, put on my Angel Flights, fat heeled tall heeled 70's shoes, a polyester shirt, and sit down behind my pre-faded, pre-painted 1960 Champaign Sparkle Ludwigs with all that flakey pre-80's American hardware.  If Sounds Unlimited could play all these tunes, again, the way we were.  And ride to and from the gigs in the station wagon, I'd only need about a thousand more nights.  I loved the spin we put on these songs better than a lot of these records.  I guess you had to be there!  Wish you had been.      

        Frankenstien   Edgar Winter  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1mV_5-bRPo

        Over The Hills & Far Away  Led Zeppelin  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-tT62bpYlU&ob=av2n

        Carry On My Wayward Son  Kansas  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQru7oCdYXA

        Jet Airliner, Amy, Country Roads,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGF_0AcHaGs  , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPOKJikcYMk , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4xp2lgiAjY , wow this is so boring compared to how we did it, it's a cowboy thing I for us I guess:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?vu4xp2lgiAjY , wow this is too:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN86d0CdgHQ

        "Yes We Can"   Pointers Sisters  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v894vHM5L4M

        Feel Like Makin' Love  Roberta Flack  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-T1yNZxe5g

        Feel Like Makin' Love  Bad Company  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEuKkcX1uKA

        Charlston  Dad would give me a solo just playing rims to imply tap dancing  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJC21zzkwoE

        Walk Don't Run, Pipeline, Wipe Out   Ventures' versions  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rl3yVq6rrg , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G8W7dvKOX4 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8__EwAT8VM

        Ain't Got Nobody, Stone Flower   Santana  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M76o1bFw-0Q , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ORH7zfHjDk ,

        Toot Stick, Memphis Two Step, Philly Dog, Muh Hoss Knows the Way   Herbie Mann  Memphis Two Step:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiiKnajQeeo , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAQD5uD9Ifk,

        What's Goin' On   Marvin Gaye  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V70Fk_SDG4 ,

        What The World Needs Now  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTrmYakCWGM  as a jazz waltz, after the Cowsill family sang it during their Sunday broadcast, It's a Family Thing.  They did this totally straight family musical hour.  At the end Susan said, We Cowsills have had a marvelous evening. It was lovely getting your family together with our family. We're only sorry that our brother Dick couldn't make it tonight. He's with the armed forces in Viet Nam and we sure miss him. So, we'd like to dedicate this next number to him.  They did an acapella version of What the World Needs Now, while cutting to Vietnam bombing footage.  It was incredibly powerful.  I don't know if they were taken off the air right after that.  But in my memory they were cut right away.    

        And with my parents + brothers and sisters (as soon as they could hold a mike they'd start singing with us):  Love Will Keep us Together, Our House in the Middle of the Street, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Suzy Q, Give Said the Little Stream soft rock version, Eensee Bitsee Spider, What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?, Born On a Mountain Top in Tennessee, Put Your Hand in The Hand, Top of The World, Take 5, Rhumba Girl, Incoherent Blues in which I would scat-sing, and last but not least: Copa Cabanna.  Great times waching my little brothers and sisters become performers, and watching my parents grinning with such pride as we played along.

 

Favorite Drum Teachers

        Bob Gullotti (Phish, Keith Jarrett, The Fringe, Bergonzi, Garzone, Surrender to the Air)

        Jim Chapin  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yNb-kUPwMI , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz1oUOtla9w , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J6rWM1Q2v0 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J6rWM1Q2v0 ,

        Gary Hobbs (Stan Kenton Clinics '70s) 

        Billy Cobham & Louis Bellson Drum Clinics

        Billy Ward http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u24Jq4Jptnk

        Dennis Griffin (USU)

        Jan Hyde (George Shearing)

        Dad

       

Dream Drum Set

        Canary Yellow DC California paper thin 5-ply maples.  I own them!  I endorse them.  I've got to get a picture of me with that set for this site and for DC California's website.  The compliments don't stop flowing at the gigs on how beautiful they look and sound.  But they've kinda cramped my style:  I'll never be able to spray these beauties with whipped cream, or kick them off the stage at the end of a set.

 

Favorite Gig Moments (as with the rest of my site, please skip this if you know what's good for you!)