Re: Buddy Rich
I am good friends with Buddy Rich's protoge and ex-roadie, Joe Ascione. He has all of Buddy's chops, but actually has more percussive range than Buddy did. He also plays other types of drums, like the djembe, with great effect. This is not taking a thing from Buddy. He was one of the greatest swing drummers alive. I actually put him second to Papa Jo Jones. Buddy was more flamboyant, but Papa Jo was sharper and more precise. Just listen to him on Benny Carter's Further Definitions. Solid but never intrusive. Buddy always played like he wanted everyone to notice him. That was why he had to have his own band. He was the master show drummer.