These are drummers you might hear in my playing; they were all instrumental to my outlook. The feel, the groove, is the most important thing to me—for a drummer and for any musician, period. It’s the thing I care about the most. All of these people have a tremendous sense of rhythm and groove.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Moanin’ (Blue Note, 1959)
My dad, when I was 8 years old, told me if I learned how to play this Benny Golson classic, I’d be able to get somewhere. He was an architect but he made a very astute musical observation. The solo grooves heavily but is also melodic, very catchy.