People who would like to know more about Buddy Rich might consider checking out the website that his daughter is the webmaster of. Very informative on Buddy's musical career as well as his life.
To me, when I watch Buddy (Westside Story DVD) I listen to how well he plays around all the melodies. His style is none but unique to his own. I would consider him to have left a great legacy for many drummers to follow throughout history.
Just like I have a favorite drummer and try to sound and mimic him. To me he is one of the best, but that is my choice of his colorful art. We all have our colorful art choices. Thats what is cool about our differences. It makes life interesting.