Originally Posted by Heretic
Sorry, I just don't like him. I know this is heresy, but his style has no musical quality to me. Very fast, precise, outstanding stick control (to say the least), but to my ear not musical.
Just my opinion, undoubtedly unpopular.
Anyone who listens to Buddy Rich and hears only speed, precision and stick control, just isn't hearing Buddy Rich. Buddy was the greatest musician to ever sit behind a drum kit, and one of the greatest musicians of any instrument, ever.
When you think of the greatest musicians in history, the true masters of their instruments, who do you think of? Jascha Heifetz, Vladamir Horowitz (or Arthur Rubinstein), Andres Segovia, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Charlie Parker?
Buddy Rich was every bit as great a musician as any of them!