Well, the two were good friends and respected each other's skill.What about Buddy Rich?
So Buddy Rich being the sledgehammer I assume and Joe Morello being the crafting tools?Well, the two were good friends and respected each other's skill.
But ... musically? Buddy Rich vs. Joe Morello is sledgehammer versus fine crafting tools. I just threw on Caravan to see if maybe I've been slighting Rich's musicality ... it's like listening to drums thrown down stairs. If Buddy Rich ever played a ghost note, someone point me to it.
YMMV, it's all personal taste. But I'm right
Buddy Rich was fast and precise. But - as already pointed out, Sledgehammer. He lacked IMO the musicality, the versatility, the technical skills that Morello had.What about Buddy Rich?
Overall, I agree with this statement about both of them. Buddy is power and bluster and predictability, Joe is finesse and musicality and the unexpected. However, I was quite surprised a while back when I got an album of Buddy's called Blues Caravan (1962) in which he is playing in a sextet. It's very different. Much more musical than his usual playing and he plays as a much more part of the ensemble than the focus. It changed some of my thinking about Buddy. That said, Joe's musicality is, in my view, unparalleled by any drummer and by most other musicians in general.Buddy Rich was fast and precise. But - as already pointed out, Sledgehammer. He lacked IMO the musicality, the versatility, the technical skills that Morello had.
Take e.g. Buddys drumsolos. You exactly knew how they would be, even before he started. Fast faster faster... snare first, then snare with toms then finishing off with "cymbal-disaster". It's always loud, no finesse, no melodies in it. It was always "in your face". And never in 5/5 or 7/4 or 9/4. Always in 4/4. People were impressed by his speed - which is impressive (altough he wasn't the fastest drummer) - his charisma, which is okay. He was a great showman (with a terrible character as it seems). But he was not a stellar musician IMO. Even when he played with his band, it was always drum-centric. He was the star, nobody else should be in the spotlight. It makes the music mediocre imho, because it lacks diversity.
Morello on the other hand was was incredibly melodic, had a ton of feel and groove in him. And he did give others lots of possibilities to shine. He was not the star of his band but a part of his band, thus did everything that was needed to improve the music they created. That's why he readily played with brushes so often, it served the music better. And he knew when to just shut up with this drums. ;-)
When he solo'ed, he was absolutely "unpredictable" compared to Rich. It was sometimes, only hand-percussion, even hand-clapping. Sometimes a 4/4 solo, sometimes a 5/4 or 7/4 solo, snare and toms used in different patterns, bassdrum added as a real(!) accent instrumet, soloing on a groove or keeping time with the hihat while slowing down or speeding up on the other instruments... it's a completely different level. I guess it has to do not only with Morellos immense talent but also with the fact that he studied with some of the best teachers back then. Rich lacked that, he was self-taught.
I just stumbled upon this master thesis about Joe Morello on google: https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/57301/PDF/1/play/
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EARLY YEARS AND MUSICAL TRAINING
BODY OF RECORDED DRUM SOLOS
BREADTH OF INFLUENCEINFLUENCE AS AN EDUCATOR
DRUM EQUIPMENT, SET-UP, AND TUNING
INTERVIEW WITH JEAN MORELLO
APPENDIX A - SELECTED WORKS
APPENDIX B - LETTERS TO JOE MORELLO
APPENDIX C - BIBLIOGRAPHY
APPENDIX D - JOE MORELLO DISCOGRAPHY