Chester Thompson drum solo/clinic part 1

by HART (1-800-HART) on September 22, 2011 · 25 comments

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I just found this on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Note: information from YouTube
Be sure to check out part 2!! Chester Thompson Drum solo, from a clinic 1998 at Thoroughbred Music Orlando. Chester Cortez Thompson made his name as a session drummer, hes played in Frank Zappa’s touring band (as part of the much loved 1973-1974 lineups. played on Zappa albums as “One Size Fits All, “Roxy & Elsewhere”, and “Overnite Sensation”. His longest standing gig was with Genesis from 1977, playing on their tours in that year, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983/4, 1986/7 and 1992/3 and is set to play on the 2007 Turn it on again tour. chester released his own solo album, A Joyful Noise. also played with Carlos Santana drumming on a few tours. blah blah. chester is one of the cats. Chester’s playing style is widely acknowledged and respected. some of that was taken from wikipedia

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HereinLasVegas January 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

LOL…you’ve dated your self 🙂



pilesovinyl January 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Yeah, I`m old enough to remember when Chester and Phil had hair and facial hair, and when I had much more hair than I wear now…O Hahahahaha LOL 🙂


cjk9013 January 25, 2010 at 1:51 am

Chester also played on the Weather Report ‘Black Market” recording with Alex Acuna on percussion and Jaco on bass. That is one badaxx album!!


lupine73 May 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Wow I never realized how high up he sits. Great stuff.


rundilphurd June 16, 2010 at 2:52 am

anny one remember buudy rich????????????


firstmusic00 August 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

To the 3 people who checked “dislike”….get off of the computer and go find a girlfriend or get a hobby (other than YouTube and internet porn).


iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd September 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Phil Collins is a piece of shit as a drummer


maraja21 October 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

it seems so easy if you look at him playing ehehe….


thomasash October 14, 2010 at 5:54 am

@iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd If u think so listen with clean washed ears to “And so to the f”. Don’t talk rubbish bro…


iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd October 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

@thomasash What do you think I don’t take showers like you? I have heard Phil Collins ever since I was child and thought that he was a piece of shit then as a drummer. I saw Chester in a drum clinic back in ’88 and he was fire way better than Phil Collins . Dude I’m sorry I hurt your feelings , and that you are so sensitive BROA !!!


drumrnva November 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Great drummer. I still listen to ‘3 Sides Live’ pretty regularly, and I like the stuff he did with Zappa. I never can figure how he can play the drums sitting so high like that though. I’d mess my back up. 🙂


davss5 December 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

@iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd I have felt that Phil’s 80s drumming was generally not as creative and vibrant as his 70’s drumming (with Genesis AND with the jazz fusion band, Brand X)…but I can try to respect your feelings about his drumming skills…as for Chester, I am mostly familiar with his work on the (Genesis) “Seconds Out” live album – and I felt he had a nice flow …


davss5 December 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

@sgtpepper1138 I’m thinking that Ringo’s drumset was arranged at a lower height back then (making it seem that he was sitting higher) – but I may need to watch “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help” again (maybe I’m the one who is wrong)…


iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd December 6, 2010 at 7:09 am

@MrContemarco63 No COMPRENE kid , you speekereee english ka pisch ????


iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd December 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

@davss5 I must agree with you on the 70s to 80s. but dats Phil within Phils degeneration on drumming at still such a young age within himself . much no arguing his great success but his drumming to me is somewhat boring


davss5 December 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

@iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd Thanks for your response…so (for clarification), are you saying that Phil’s drumming particularly since the 80s has been boring?…if so, then I might not use the word “boring” but “more simplified” (compared to his 70s drumming)…I could agree that Phil’s solo career has been successful – although I only prefer hardly a handful of his songs (e.g., “Take Me Home”, “Against All Odds”, “You’ll Be in My Heart”)…for whatever reasons, Phil decided on the “simpler” approach…


ultimatefighter187 December 9, 2010 at 6:55 am

Always see resemblence in the playing of Chester and Steve ferrone.


Tommygun1028 February 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

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patocannibal March 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

wooowww… esto es hacer musica con la bateria.


NikoBoss32 March 19, 2011 at 1:53 am

Wow when i grow up i want to be like him 😀 i’m 15


acidheadzzzz March 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Without a doubt Chester Thompson is one of the best drummers in the world!


johnnyflipp April 19, 2011 at 7:55 am

One word BEAST!


zapple100 August 6, 2011 at 4:56 am

One of Zappa’s best drummers.


FuckNoAvailableName August 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

@iFoRgOtMyPsSwRd Did someone write sth?? Fuck for a moment i thought i saw a comment but it was just mu imagination… Anyway…

PS. Dude your comment DISAPPEARED from the minute you wrote it. Get a fuckin life and stop hatin on real legends. Its easy to say for me too that Freddie Mercury couldn’t sing for shit. Isn’t it?


tylerdav1 August 30, 2011 at 10:28 am

Hey, if anyone has the time, do you think you could check out my drum solo and tell me what you think, what needs work, etc.? Thank you.


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