All instruments, but especially percussion and wind instruments, contain two features that give you unlimited expressive potential: speech (song) and movement (dance).
While the voice may well be the instrument closest to perfection, the drums are not far behind as the next most powerful mode of communication - as the great jazz musician Art Blakey always said.
When Art Blakey, Papa Joe Jones or Bernard Purdie play the drums, or when Roy Eldridge, Lee Morgan or Roy Hargrove play the trumpet, you can see what this means. You have the impression that they’re singing and dancing at one and the same time. It’s something wholly organic, something that you yourself want to do as you play the drums. And you have to do it with such spirit and energy that, whenever you play, you manage to convey the thrill to those that are listening to you.
That, I guess, is what the drummers aims for.
Kostas Kouvidis, 2003