Keith Carlock: One of Your New Favourite Jazz Drummers

A Gretsch drum kit
Bah dum tish.

Jazz drummers are the best in the world, according to Buddy Rich. The very best of them will make you look like an idiot, that’s for sure. And today we have jazz drumming legend Keith Carlock to take a look at.

Keith Carlock Drum Solo

Okay, so Carlock plays for the likes of Steely Dan, Sting, John Mayer, and lots of others. A drummer of this quality will naturally be in high demand.

The first thing to notice about the American is he has a peculiar style of playing. The way he holds and angles the sticks is unique. Even awkward looking. Not the best technique for drum solos, you could say.

And we don’t mean his use of traditional grip – the left hand stick angled across the snare drum. Most rock drummers hold the sticks facing forward, but for jazz and swing Mr. Carlock’s approach is the ubiquitous style.

But it clearly works for him as he has a tremendous free flowing style of drumming.

It’s energetic but packed full of natural ryhthm, perfect timing, and blurring rolls and paradiddles.

If you don’t know anything about drumming then it’s pretty mesmerising to watch. But there’s a method in amongst the madness.

A lot of blokes consider drumming as a macho pursuit and go into it thinking it’ll make them look rather manly.

Whilst being fit and strong can help, it’s really all about your wrists, fingers, and your brain. It’s not about just whacking the kit as hard as possible.

Whenever we see blokes as good as this giving it some welly it makes us want to drum. Which we do. But nowhere near to that standard.

But if you want to take it up, drumming has a huge wodge of physical and mental health boosting attributes. Here’s Mr. Carlock with a few pointers.

Most people tend to associate drumming with human males, but human females have always had a drumming presence.

Check out young Japanese star Yoyoka Soma. She’s got excellent chops.

This is more so than ever before in 2019, check out Cindy Blackman Santana for some nifty chops and tips.

Finally, if you’re still chickening out here and trying to pretend you’re not going to drum because it’ll be too noisy… well, electronic drum kits exist, you know?

Go forth and buy or steal one. With a month of practice under your belt you’ll be an epic beat master in no time.


  1. Neat! Does Sheila E count as a drummer?
    I live over where musicians jam, and the drum kit is under my bed, & I love it!
    OH!!! Best part! I get all of the broken used up drumsticks, which I use in my plants.

    Liked by 1 person

    • There are lots of drummer jokes, that they’re not proper musicians etc. I play the drums and, well, it’s hard work. You need an incredible level of skill, musicality, harmony etc. to be at a genius level. But they’re great fun for anyone to play.

      I will check out Mr. Ryan Brown, thanking you! Nice to see Harrogate of Yorkshire getting a mention there.


Have some gibberish to dispense with?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.