I'm so into this response. Right on.Wow, some of these Buddy Rich accolades are starting to sound like a certain beer commercial.
He's one the greatest musicians ever born.
He could play 600 strokes per minute continuously with his left hand--cleanly.
If he would have played another instrument, he would be the greatest at that instrument.
He could play anything in front of him, in any genre, without practice. He just looked, listened and played.
He once wowed a packed house with nothing more than two bass drums.
He famously played a complete set with NO SPRING on his pedal.
His version of Tom Sawyer would have made Neil Peart cry tears of joy.
He is... the most interesting drummer in the world.
Buddy: "I don't always play drums. But when I do, I play the shit out of them."
(Note that I paraphrased or combined some of these responses for effect)