Originally Posted by Citizen Insane
Well man you got to admit that calling Buddy Rich "Versatile" as I heard some Buddy Fans say is kind of overrating him, he was reasonable versatile in the realm of Jazz, but put him in a latin, or heavy metal gig and he would sound quiet awkward. In comparison to Vinnie Colaiuta who would be excellent in all of those situations And I think saying "Buddy Rich could have played any genre he wanted to" is a very weak excuse for his lack of versatality.
Doesn't matter he perfected his craft as a Big Band drummer like very few before or after have done so that's all that matters to me in this debate. Put some of your favorites in a Big Band playing that music and at the level Buddy played it at in a Big Band and imagine how they would fair in that situation. Big Band is a very tough and specific chair for a drummer to deliver with authentic conviction. Dig:).