Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro and Vinnie Colaiuta (not necessarily in that order) for all-arounders. Gadd’s opening riff to Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways…” may be the coolest little 2-bar phrase ever, Porcaro could make anything groove, Colaiuta did sh*t like this - http://www.vinniecolaiuta.com/articles/drummagazine03.aspx (a Steve Vai story). Now if he’d just shut up abut being “born-again”.
Peart is sui generis. Brilliant.
I suppose Omar Hakim and Chad Wackerman would round out my top five - but I could go on…
Sorry folks, but when I listen to the Moons and Bonhams of the world I can’t get past the slop.
Or the li’l green globules (yeah, I know it’s rock ‘n’ roll - but still…)
I used to be songwriting partners with a (then) kid named Nick D’Virgilio back in my L.A. days. Effing amazing work with “Genesis” and “Spock’s Beard”. Best drummer I’ve ever been fortunate enough to have played with.
What did the drummer get on his IQ test?