Album: Tony Allen, Secret Agent, (World Circuit)

Allen was the principal wheel in the engine room of Fela Kuti's monumental Afrobeat, a driving yet relaxed kit-drummer for the ages.

SXSW blog: Telekinesis & Here We Go Magic

There's only a handful of bands I came to SXSW determined to see and Seattle's Telekinesis was one of them. I caught them at the Austinist day party. They have a singing drummer who had a raccoon stuffed animal on his kit, nice touch.

My Fantasy Band: Just Jack

Vocals - D'Angelo and Lykke Li
I've been listening to 'Voodoo' by D'Angelo quite a lot recently and his voice is indescribable, it acts as another instrument. I think there's just something about Lykke Li and I enjoyed her album, 'Youth Novels'. Obviously she looks cool but I think she has a really interesting and unique voice.

Louie Bellson: Jazz drummer and composer who played with Duke Ellington’s band

Although he was with Duke for only a couple of years, Louie Bellson must be regarded as the last of the great Ellingtonians, for he had a lasting effect on the band. He replaced Sonny Greer, who had been the drummer in the Ellington band since it began in the Twenties, and he brought in a new and powerful style that brought Ellington’s music out of the almost classic style of the Forties into the new, more aggressive sounds of the Fifties.

My Fantasy Band: Donald Cumming, The Virgins

Vocals - The Everly Brothers
I love their sound. Those guys really had their own thing going on. But if this really is my fantasy, I'd have Skip James, Neil Young and Bo Diddley singing on stage with them too. That would be epic.

Dewey Martin: Drummer with Buffalo Springfield

Because Buffalo Springfield only existed for two years, many rock fans were surprised when the group was inducted into The Rock And Hallof Fame in 1997. Even more surprised were the members themselves, who had put aside their differences tobe together. The arrogant and aggressive Dewey Martin had not been an ideal team member, but the band did create some remarkably good and inventive music.

Album: Joshua Redman, Compass, (Nonesuch)

Anyone who has seen saxophonist Redman play live will know what a star he is, but the recording career has been offering diminishing returns for a while now.

Album: J Tillman, Vacilando Territory Blue, (Bella Union)

In normal circumstances, an acoustic solo album by the drummer with an alt-country act could expect to shift four figures.

Broken Family Band, Luminaire, London

'The weather man said it's colder than Antarctica," singer Steve Adams says, thanking the crowd for turning up. Broken Family Band are never without a dedicated following – they comfortably sell out large venues like KOKO and Scala – but it's actually the intimate atmosphere of smaller spaces (albeit packed tonight) that suits them best. Four albums and eight years into their career, the four piece have found themselves without a record label; despite the critical praise showered on them, the band members have proudly kept their day jobs throughout.

Album: William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau, (AUM)

Ornette Coleman-style free jazz is now such an inescapable part of the vernacular of American music that bassist Parker's excellent band seems entirely unforced, able to incorporate elements from reggae and high life quite naturally.

Album: Issie Barratt, Astral Pleasures, (Fuzzy Moon)

In contrast to the big band orthodoxy of Maria Schneider and Vince Mendoza – all woodwind sighs and whispers – composer Barratt has a refreshingly heavy touch.

Jimmy Carl Black: Drummer and vocalist with The Mothers of Invention

"Hi boys and girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group". This was how the drummer and occasional singer with the original line-up of The Mothers of Invention would introduce himself on stage and on record.

Lee Young: Jazz drummer and bandleader

It's hard to decide quite whether the drummer Lee Young's place in jazz gained from the overwhelming importance of his brother Lester, or was cast in the shade by it. The two men worked together several times during Lester's short life, and in their own band Lester was the universal jazz muse while Lee took care of the more prosaic side of things. One thing not in doubt is that Lee Young was an outstanding accompanist, who eschewed drum solos and who fashioned his own career away from his brother.

Tim Lott: We're helpless. There is nothing like a father's love for his daughter

It's a relationship fraught with jealousy, protectiveness and an utter lack of reason. No wonder Bob Geldof's heart was broken when his Peaches ran off and got married at the age of 19

Story of the Song: 'Sing', Travis (2001)

Travis's frontman Fran Healy was watching TV one afternoon in 1999, with the sound turned down. Something about swing beat was on MTV. Healy reached for his guitar and began to hum along to the silent video, working his fingers around the chords of a new song. "When it naturally got to a sort of chorus-y part, I started singing, 'Swing... If you swing, swing, swing, swing'," Healy said.

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