Buddy Rich Double Bass Drum Solo 1949 NY Paramount





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Uploaded on Jul 7, 2011

In Mel Torme's tribute to Buddy Rich "TRAPS the Drum Wonder The Life of Buddy Rich" he notes "When I got off the elevator on the top floor (at the NY Paramount) backstage the (Buddy Rich) band was already setting up. I noticed some extra bass drum cases as I walked up to say hello to the maestro. 'What's with all the bass drums?' I asked 'B' by way of greeting. He growled, 'Fucking Louie Bellson better learn to play one bass drum before he tries two!' I knew he did not mean to disparage Bellson, one of the sweetest human beings in the music business and a close friend of Buddy's. Rich was merely exercising his prerogative as the world's greatest drummer to comment on the fact that, if anyone was going to play twin bass drums, the right was his as the feudal lord of percussion. (Later) Just prior to my entrance onstage, Buddy uncorked an arrangement of 'Old Man River'...In the middle of the chart, Buddy made his way down to center stage. Awaiting him were two bass drums and a stool. Nothing else." The following is Buddy's double bass solo.
John Carfizzi is one of the most knowledgeable people I know about all things Buddy Rich (and Gene Krupa for that matter). "I think that the reason why a lot of the young players today might not care for this, is because since that time double pedal work has advanced quite a bit, and lets not forget that they now have much better pedals too. They need to compare this to Louie's (Bellson) very early (since he was perhaps the only one doing it back then) double bass drum work -- even before the 1952 Ellington Orchestra recording of SKIN DEEP (I believe that in the late 1940s, Louie recorded a double bass feature with Tommy Dorsey, which I used to have when I was a teenager on an EP). With all due respect to Louie, Buddy's use of two bass drums was far ahead of Louie's AT THAT TIME. Louie's double pedal work improved a lot by the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, and beyond. Buddy's double bass drum solo was also unique in that Buddy approached the solo as if he was tap dancing, since he was an excellent tapper. I believe that Doug Meriwether made mention in one of his books, something along the lines of, that the tap dancer and drummer in Buddy came together in that double bass drum solo (not an exact quote). John"

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