Buddy Rich is known everywhere as “The World’s Greatest Drummer.” While I agree with this on most levels, I don’t necessarily look to him as my primary influence. In fact, I don’t cite him as an influence at all. That being said, this footage is SLAMMING and well worth 60 minutes of your time.


1. Buddy manages to absolutely CRAM his playing with notes, but because they are all so deep in the pocket it doesn’t sound cluttered. In other words, a transcription of his playing would seem far too busy, but it doesn’t SOUND busy because he plays it so precisely.

2. Buddy is pretty on top of the beat, compared to the band. In the big band context, the drummer is driving the hits instead of relaxing under them.

3. This band would sound significantly better with an upright bass instead of an electric bass.