26 Journeyman 6 months ago Someone I worked with made this drummer joke, "They have to be REALLY good to be better than no drummer at all." For me, the best musicians on ANY instrument have the best time. Chops are way down the list. And by best, or at least really good time, I mean time that feels great to play with, or makes you want to play when you hear it. It's different than metronomic time; not that it should rush or drag, but it has a certain spongyness to it; it breathes, is relaxed, but still generates energy and forward motion. It's the medium that allows the music to flow. I guess the point is, it's a huge topic, probably the most important component in music (rhythm is a manefestation or expression of time) and if I seem opinioniated, it's just because it's one of the very few things that appears to still hold some kind of truth.