“You can’t have a ‘best drum albums’ list of any kind without having at least one Buddy Rich record. Can’t do it. Maybe I come from a different school, but I think Buddy Rich is the greatest drummer who ever walked the earth – and I don’t think there’s a lot of people who would disagree with me.
“There are so many great Buddy albums, but I like this one because a friend of mine turned me on to it years and years ago, and it was the first time I heard Max Roach. To have these two drum titans soloing back and forth was so cool, but what I really liked was hearing them play the same tunes. You’d get to hear each drummer interpret the same tune in his own way. That’s pretty cool.
“I think Buddy was being nice by not giving Max all that he could have; he kind of held back a bit. But even so, it’s a great example of camaraderie. And like I said, you’ve got Buddy Rich playing drums, so not a lot more needs to be said.”