By Robyn Collins
“He was one of the most creative drummers I have ever worked with,” Visconti wrote. “He came into David Bowie’s life when we recorded some extra tracks for Young Americans and stayed with us through Scary Monsters and beyond.
Visconti added that Davis brought a welcome jazz vibe to Bowie’s music. “He was a disciplined jazz drummer who tore into rock with a jazz sensibility. Listen to the drum breaks on ‘Black Out’ from the Heroes album. He had a conga drum as part of his set up and he made it sound like two musicians were playing drums and congas. By Scary Monsters he was playing parts that were unthinkable, but they fit in so perfectly.”
The drummer served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam war, where an injury landed him in the Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps. He went on to work with such artists as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Iggy Pop, Roy Ayers and Ronnie Foster.
And Davis’ appeal extended way beyond his playing. “There will never be another drummer, human being and friend like Dennis, a magical man,” Visconti wrote.