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Old 02-14-2017, 09:36 PM
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This is the point I was going to make. His solos don't wow me, but then drum solos rarely wow me. Not my thing, unless your drum solo has an infectious and irresistible beat a la Gene Krupa!

BUT

Listen to him swing a band! Whoever did his arrangements was a genius and I could listen to stuff like "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" all day.

Like all great drummers, he's at his best when he's part of a great team.
I saw him shortly before his death in Vancouver, BC. He sounded as if he wrote the book on swing, he really grooved. His solos were flashy and stuff, but when he played with his band, he played really tastefully.
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He would probably hate everything. He would also call us all hacks for belonging to a drum forum and wasting time instead of practicing.
He never practiced - in his own words - but i can't believe....
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He never practiced - in his own words - but i can't believe....
I don't believe either.
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I'm gutted he died when I was 3. I'd have loved to have seen him play. He had chops, feel and swung so hard the 60s looked straight.

That left hand as well.

He was a top notch arsehole but then again country music spawned Billy Ray Cyrus...there's no comeback to that.
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I think Buddy was a product of his environment-growing up and watching top jazz and big band drummers he was entrenched in the culture. You can tell he worshipped it-and often paid homage to those who inspired him-so of course he was jaded. He was dedicated to his craft, played hard as hell and gave it his all-expected the same of everyone else-sure he had some anger management issues but that's a pretty common trait in males. Then too I think his "reputation/persona" became something he likely fostered for publicity. I often muse narcissistic egomaniacs are likely really insecure people at heart or it's just genetic and they can't help it LOL.
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My father took me to see him play when I was a kid. It was April 27, 1983 @ The Tralfamadore Music Hall, Buffalo, NY. I was 12.
He was definitely 1 of a kind!

[Edited. I found the show I was at]

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If you watched him on Johnny Carson you'd have seen he had a sense of humor and was a likeable guy...never would've thought he had anger issues!
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:42 AM
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Certainly care about what he was doing.

The thing with those tapes...

I can remember going at my band like that one time. I was basically me putting all the energy into running things, arranging or transposing stuff, leading rehearsals and giving it my all while too many not giving a shit, like putting Sunday football ahead of rehearsals, judt lazily riding the wave of other's effort etc....

I was young and might have handled things a bit differently today, but honestly I can't say I feel I did anything wrong. They deserved it and more.
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If Buddy Rich were alive today, he'd be scratching at the lid of his coffin.
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In any case, it was probably Dr. Strange's doing.
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I wonder what drums and cymbals he'd be playing on?

He's the reason I bought a bronze Ludwig. I remember feeling like I might have been making a mistake because I preferred the hammered 6.5 better than what he used.


I was rummaging through my parent's basement and found my box of old ticket stubs. One of them was the Pops show. I forgot that he signed the ticket. It was a nice reminder!

The stooges seating people shuffled us off the floor when they saw our tickets and sent us up to the balcony. I guess two high school kids in suits wouldn't look normal, but it was a better view!






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I agree with a lot of what he said about the music itself these days with this pop country crap. Not so much back in the day when country music was more serious. It was more like blues with acoustic guitar. Simple and to the point. I don't like it but have respect.

I've had cover bands in my area try to get me to play drums(modern "so called" country music) and can't even listen to the music without wanting to punch some one. The music business is sick and feed off the musically uneducated fans. There's not an ounce of respect from me for this stuff even if you are an incredibly talented musicians making money. I will always call it like it I see it and that's what Buddy did as well.

There's always people that will talk bad about how Buddy yelled at his band or treated someone bad, but these are the people that don't understand/ignorant. We're you there? Did you hang out with Buddy? Have you ever yelled at someone? Are you a saint?

Anywho, while people talk the smack are you actually learning anything from this guy? If not then I'd say you better get into it even if you don't like his playing. He is one of the technique/musical masters. Not that's it's a competition, but it's what he left behind for all of us.

I can't stand to listen to the negative side, which is just random media BS of non importance, when the positive side is nothing but an encyclopedia of knowledge! The knowledge was coming through him while he played... not while he talked!
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:27 AM
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Well said, Hummada!

I thought I remember he said he was allergic to Country/Western and Bebop.
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Old 03-25-2017, 05:42 AM
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I have never really seen a drummer have some sort of equivalent technical abilities as Buddy Rich up to this point in my life.

And I have seen a whole lot of drummers.

Was he or was he not an ass ?

Who knows ?

Is this a drum forum or an ass forum ?

One thing is clear : his performances are, to this day, mostly unsurpassed.
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I have never really seen a drummer have some sort of equivalent technical abilities as Buddy Rich up to this point in my life.

And I have seen a whole lot of drummers.

Was he or was he not an ass ?

Who knows ?



Is this a drum forum or an ass forum ?

One thing is clear : his performances are, to this day, mostly unsurpassed.

I agree and there may never be another with that gift again. Everything he played with the band was musical. Most of his drum solos were him playing the actual song... all the horn, piano, and bass parts. That's extremely hard to do with those charts and I loved it when he would get mad and really nail those solos while he was mean mugging the band! Ha ha ha!!!

He is one of my favorites and I will learn from him the rest of my life.
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