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It's all come a long way from the drum also waltz's 

Max Roach.
Most agree it started here as far as recorded drum set ostinato's go.
Max Roach recorded many fine drum solo's
in this style but the most famous has to be:

" THE DRUM ALSO WALTZ'S"
Still played today by the likes of Steve Smith and Neil Peart 
                Check him out !

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Billy Cobham

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Very few drummers have pushed boundaries more than Billy Cobham.

Leading with left hand and soloing with paradiddle double bass that was ahead of it's time massive kits,china cymbals, the gong drum all Billy Cobham trade marks.

Billy Cobham is best know for his work with

      "The Mahavishnu Orchestra"
                   Birds Of fire

     The most progressive early ostinato player
                     Billy cobham

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     Terry Bozzio

 Terry Bozzio ex Zappa and Missing Persons Jeff Beck
(to name a very few) .
A man never been afraid to try something new.....
 
Terry Bozzio gained great respect from musicians for his ability
to play The Black Page,
a polyrhymic drum solo composed by Frank Zappa.
This difficult piece set Terry Bozzio on his path to create music
on the drum set.

By the end of the late 80's Terry Bozzio was already stunning crowds with his early Ostinato style solo's.Soon after he released a video called Solo drums,
This video displayed the drum set as a stand alone musical instrument the"Micro-cosmic- orchestra"capable of full rhythmic and melodic statements.


Nearly ten years later Terry Bozzio has released three volumes of a new video set Melodic drumming and the ostinato,
I feel its fair to say that Terry Bozzio has to be the most inspirational ostinato player in the world today.

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Go on........tell me you would not like to be let loose on this lot !!!  rrrrrrrrrr

Marco Minnemann

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What can be said about this guy amazing.
Marco can realy lay it down and know where the 1 is in the most complex music.
Marco uses ostinatos in his groove playing more than any other drummer I've seen, his ideas are breath taking and played with "Extreme"quality!
 
if you would like to see what can not be discribed here make sure you see Marco live or on his dvd "EXTREME DRUMMING"
 
And what i nice chap he is to

THOMAS LANG   !!