Modern Drummer Readers Choose Jack


Jack DeJohnette

“Philly Joe Jones turned [the ride cymbal beat] around. Roy Haynes was doing that even before Philly Joe, though. They are around the same age, but a lot of what he played came from Roy. Elvin had a different kind of touch, a heavier touch. But listen to some of the licks that Roy played compared to Elvin; he took it totally in his direction and added valuable contributions that are still influential and resonate today. Then you had Tony Williams, and then, on the other end of the spectrum, great drummers like Andrew Cyrille, Paul Motian—Paul became a painter with the music, particularly in the quartet with Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, and Keith Jarrett. In terms of freeing the drummer’s role up, Rashied Ali is another one. Milford Graves, too. And all those guys could play time, but they were all into a multidirectional, more abstract approach to drumming; they put their own stamp on the music.” [October 2017]


  1. Brian Blade
  2. Ulysses Owens Jr.
  3. Mike Clark
  4. Matt Wilson