In the drummer world, Buddy Rich is generally considered to be the best of all time (with Peart and Bonham running a very close second and third respectively). The sheer amount of noise he could produce with a minimal kit (smaller kits being standard amongst jazz drummers) was staggering. Here’s an amazing video of him in action. Unbelievable.
Sidenote: A little background on Jayson as it relates to music. My father played drums to pay the bills throughout high school and college, and later went on to play drums for the Navy when he got drafted. That being said, as soon as I was old enough to realize what drums were, he sat me down behind a kit and taught me how to play (around age 7). I would later switch from drums to bass (age 12), and then gave up bass for visual arts around age 15 which turned out to be a huge mistake as I had minimal talent in the visual arts arena…I was a much better musician (but I absolutely abhorred practicing which is what ultimately lead to me stopping). I’ve been playing various pieces of hand percussion (mainly djembe and congas, with my next major purchase being a set of tablas) in my free time ever since I decided not to attend art school.
I don’t have many regrets, but giving up formal music training is definitely one of them. Interestingly enough, it wouldn’t be drums that I would go back to if given a chance, I much prefer bass. It’s also worth mentioning that while I definitely appreciate a good guitar riff, I never had any interest in playing guitar (what kid from my generation didn’t want to be the next Bon Jovi in elementary school?); I always knew I wanted to play bass. Even more interesting (IMO) is that I suffer the same malady as Brian Wilson does (no, not the drug addiction): I have severe stage fright when it comes to performing for an audience, yet I have no fear of public speaking. Weird eh?