First is Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's one-time side venture, Diga Rhythm Band. Hart is renowned for his love of and deep involvement with world music. DRB probably has the most percussion per square inch of Hart's enterprises and I've always loved the jazzy xylophones that counter the dominant raga flavor of their music. Next is the late African conga master Babatunde Olatunji. When I worked in Baltimore City, I met a property abstractor who was a percussionist on the side and I always loved talking to him. He turned me on to Olatunji and I'm grateful to him for it.
Finally, we have the immortal Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich in a fun, freestyling jam on The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show. Art Blakey is probably my favorite jazz drummer, but Krupa and Rich will always be recognized as the best of the best five piece kit slammers who roamed the Earth. This clip is a joy to watch two legends enjoying themselves and their host, Sammy Davis, Jr. get into the whole thing along with the orchestra.
Diga Rhythm Band - "Razooli"
Babatunde Olatunji - "Oya (Primitive Fire)"
Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich drum battle on The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show