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Buddy Rich (1917–1987)

Buddy Rich

in Drumminʼ Men

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195157628
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.003.0008
Buddy Rich (1917–1987)

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During his career in jazz, Buddy Rich was a much-admired yet controversial figure. Because of a unique relationship between his hands and feet, and a natural connection to the music, Rich continually created ideas, patterns, and a time feeling that were his alone. With drum history as his foundation, he evolved an approach to music that links jazz drumming's beginnings to what's happening today. Rich's drumming continued to be valid almost fifty years after he started because he took his cues from what the music unleashed within him. Rich changed the view and conception of drums as had other great players of the instrument.

Keywords: Buddy Rich; Frank Sinatra; Tommy Dorsey band; West Side Story medley

Chapter.  23919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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