Re: The Grand Master Buddy Rich
I'll take listening to Tony or Elvin over Buddy in the soloing department any day of the week which is based on a different musical jazz style and different jazz concepts towards the instrument that perks my ears much more. Just a personal preference thing. Having said that I have tremendous admired respect for what he acomplished for drums and on the drums. My memories of seeing him live were of his incredible ability to setup figures and drive the heck out of a band and basically sound amazing where it's most important to me in the context of the music as a group player which really shined and stood out to me in a Big Band setting. Certainly not overated regardless of personal taste and preferences since he was a true master of his craft and certainly one of the greats if not the greatest of the Big Band drummers that's ever graced our planet IMO.