When asked about young “modern” drummers in an interview done in the Sixties, Philly Joe said:
“They haven’t even seen Baby Dodds or sat and watched him play like I did. Or Sid Catlett. These are the drummers for the next 20 years. I don’t care how the drums move. If any drummer can tell me he can go back and listen to Chick Webb and Dave Tough and Baby Dodds and Sid Catlett and tell me that’s not drums, I’ll break up the drums and forget it.”
I really never thought I’d be quoting Philly Joe — not Papa Jo — in this blog, but that’s an ideological statement I certainly agree with.