Originally Posted by indra zzz
who know buddy rich heroes of drumming??
First off, thank you for that phrase. It's my new mantra.
From a couple of other angles regarding Buddy Rich:
I have listened to a lot of Big Band music and few, if any, SMOKE the way Buddy's did. (Figuratively, and possibly literally.) Buddy drove that band like a Ferrari and when they "updated" their sound to incorporate rock tunes, the results were unbelievable.
Also, I must say that like Puccini's left hand (pretty sure it was the left..y'know the one with the finger), Buddy's left hand had a life of its own. Adding counter-rythmns inside of the down beats was unheard of at that time.
I agree that like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Mike Tomano, Igor Stravinsky and others...Buddy broke the mold and set a new standard that few can match, and even less surpass.