Buddy Rich -
September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987
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Quotes on Buddy Rich
"I don't know if he learned anything from me, but I certianly learned a lot from him".
"I think Buddy Rich is far and away the greatest drummer who ever lived".
"He was put on earth to play drums"
"Give him a long drum solo and he'll just blow the place up".
"Buddy Rich is just incredible. He's a great, fantastic player. If it can be done on a drum, he can do it.......... I've heard people say he doesn't swing. I think he swings. I used to practice with the things he does. I've heard it said he's not subtle. I've heard him be so subtle, so gentle. This man can play".
"Rich is a superb drummer. He has the kind of technique on drums that Art Tatum had on piano. He can play anything he can think of with all the speed and dexterity and flexibility necessary".
"That damn fool knows the instrument".
"I remember Gene Krupa once said that Buddy was 'outside of it '. By this he meant, there were drummers and then there was Buddy".
"I've heard him in every circumstance. And of all the drummers I've been around over the years, Buddy Rich is the consummate genius of the drums. He's like Tazio Nuvolari was with the racing car. he had complete control".
"Buddy has somthing no other drummer had, or will ever have. I don't know how it came about and I don't think he does either. It doesn't matter".
"Buddy summarizes all that has happend on drums throughout the history of jazz and popular music".
"Buddy, Max and Blakey - these people are godlike to me....... Buddy's the kind of cat that I would pay to listen to and watch. Just solos, you know. I don't necessarily want to hear him with a band. I've heard him with a band a thousand times. But just to dig his solos, I'd pay money and sit down. He's somthing else".
"I stood next to Buddy night after night, week after week, month after month, under good conditions and bad - on theater stages, in airplane hangers, school gymnasiums, and nightclubs - and heard this guy play. He never ceased to amaze me, particularly those solos".
The more I hear him play, the harder it is to belive.....It is my feeling that when jazz history is set down, this tremendously inspiring, swinging drummer will go down, along with Davey Tough, as the man on his instrument.
Truly a remarkable young man and one for whom I have sincere admiration, musically and other wise. I like the way Buddy literally dances drums. Of the younger crop, he is, to put it mildly, outstanding. I suspect a good deal of my profound esteem for him is governed by the fact that, while he is young and performs refreshingly, there is that quality of sureness present which denotes absolute control, acquired only by long and good experience.
I guess most people think of me as a small-group drummer; so it was fun to play against type. With small-group stuff, it's interplay that's crucial. when you're working a big band, it's holding the band together, cuing the brass that's important. I love it because you can hit the drums a little bit harder, keep the horses going down the right path. "Drumorello" is a thing that was written for me way back. It's just a set-up for the drums.Buddy's reputation as a hothead came from being a perfectionist: He used to argue with Dorsey, and Tommy was a perfectionist as well. There have been so many stories about him being a rough guy but he was always a gentleman with me. If we were in the same town, he'd always call up and invite me over to his gigs. I think the reason he liked me was because I didn't play like him. There are several guys from my generation who tried to ape Buddy, doing all the solos and battles. But no one will ever equal what he did in that style, not the way he played it. These guys had great facility; but you have to be original to have the spark.
I think I was one of the few guys who practiced with Buddy. One time in San Francisco, we were at the Shrine Auditorium and he was in Oakland with Harry james. We went back to the hotel, and it was late. He'd just got some new cymbals from Zildjian. It was 3 a.m. "Look at these," he says. Crash, crash, splash! I said, "Hey man, you're going to get us thrown out of here, Buddy?' "Screw 'em." Then he started pounding out some beats on the wall, and I'm thinking about jail. He takes out some sticks, "Whaddya think of these?" and all of a sudden it's 6 a.m. and we're banging out rolls. It was great. He'd say to me, "What do you think of so-and-so's playing?" I'd say, "Yeah, he's ok'. Buddy would say "Oh come on, he sounds like he's rumbling down the staircase." I'd laugh and laugh at his honesty.
whilst recording Burnig for Buddy}
band was one of the few left after the demise of the big-band period.
[Count] Basies, Duke [Ellington]'s, Woody [Herman]'s . . . only a few
lasted through the heavy expenses of road travel. They were the only ones
making noise. Plus, that's a great band. So I think we all were involved
for the same reasons out of respect for Buddy's contributions, and what he
did for people.
whilst recording Burnig for Buddy}
into the session, I tried to figure out what was expected, recall the
Buddy Rich concept, think of how he projected his ideas through music.
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