Bonham and Jones

Is Papa Jo Jones responsible for John Bonham’s “tricks?” I say yes. I read once that Bonham was heavily influenced by jazz drummers like Joe Morello, Max Roach and Elvin Jones. You can see their influence in his style of play. Bonham made the band swing like a jazz drummer but with incredible power. He even quoted these drummers from time to time. This included comping riffs like Elvin’s innovative use of triplets. Where did he get the inspiration for his showmanship antics like using crisscross patterns and playing with his hands? These were gimmicks that Jones was doing years before Led Zeppelin was formed. It’s obvious that Bonham ripped some of his ideas off of Papa Jo’s solos. He then incorporated them into his own solo Moby Dick. Below are videos of both drummer’s solos. You can definitely see the similarities.

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