Originally Posted by robasay
Ok I had to go back and look at the Buddy Rich clip. There is no doubt about it that guy had the fastest hands. Look at the drum strokes. They were not 1/16, not 1/32 but 1/46 notes. Each one clear and distinct. Yes he did not have the bigest kit but look how he played what he had, not just loud but soft and to keep the beats individual.
One other old timer not mentioned was Gene Krupa here is drum battle between the two on the Sammy Davis Show 1966,
I saw Buddy Rich at a hotel in Harrisburg, Pa in the early seventies.
What a sight it was, two long-haired rock musicians attending a concert with a bunch of semi-stuck up jazz aficionados. (My friend Tom asked me "what are we doing here?" I told him, it's not often that you get to see a true pioneer and expert in his craft and we should go just because the chance may never come around again.)
We stood out like a sore thumb but we never regretted it.
I've been to hundreds of concerts since. I've seen some of the best drummers ever. Chad Wackerman, Ansley Dunbar, John Bonham, Neil Pert and others to numerous to mention or remember for that matter.
I've never, ever saw a drummer do a snare drum roll like Buddy Rich.
He started off with a slow roll and gradually (and I do mean gradually) sped up to where it sounded like a thousand bee hives were in that ballroom.
No, there were no drugs or electronic enhancements involved here either. It was one of the most amazing drum stunts I ever had the privilege of witnessing and it obviously left quite an impression on this young teenage rocker.
What does this mean in the context of this discussion? Don't really know except to say all the other drummers I've seen mimicked or repeated one way or another, parts of other drummers solo's. It's almost like you've seen one great drum solo, you've seen them all.
I've never, ever saw any other drummer do what I saw Buddy Rich do that night. It was friggin' amazing.