Why is he great?
There’s a reason why Buddy is known as ‘the world’s greatest drummer’. A flawless technique, drive and phenomenal speed, developed over a lifetime with big bands from Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey to his own orchestras, made rich the idol of jazz and rock drummers. His 1966 album Swinging New band displays rich at his best.
“His technical facility and musicality are still unsurpassed, perhaps for all time? The ferocity of his swing drumming demonstrates that, born a generation or so later, he would have dominated rock, maybe even metal.” (Graham Lightfoot, Hednesford)
“He brought the drummer up front to be recognised as a musician, not just a time-keeper.” (Joseph Bellave, Rochester)
“Buddy was the most inventive, controlled powerhouse drummer ever. Great speed, fluidity, touch and showmanship. The boss.” (Arthur Pilkington, Walsall)
Buddy Rich - Strike It, Rich! (box set)
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