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“Buddy was a friend of mine – not a close friend, but we always got along well. He hired me when he produced his daughter’s album. Somebody asked him once, ‘Why didn’t you play on your kid’s record?’ And he said, ‘Because I wanted the best.’ What a great compliment.
“The West Side Story Medley is an amazing performance. Everything that Buddy did well, he did in this song. There’s a lot of key changes in the music, and his drums would change right along with them, which was something that we all learned from. You might be playing smooth and silky in one section, and then in another section you open up and get really wild. Buddy could play wild, let me tell you.
“Back in those days, I just called it ‘dynamics.' Buddy might have called it something else – I wouldn't know. But one thing is for sure: He was a real master.”