Couple of weeks ago, I asked Rockfour‘s drummer Issar Tennenbaum to write couple of words about the great late Ami Traibetch, drummer of The Churchills who passed away.
I liked what he wrote and since I know he’s a hidden writer on one hand, and my fav Israeli drummer, I thought to myself – wouldn’t it be nice to have Issar writing a series of posts about the drummers that influenced him?
So Issar agreed, and here’s the result – first post in the series. Issar talks about Buddy Rich. The mic is yours.
In the age of 69, Buddy Rich passed away from a second heart attack.
A true, authentic drummer, musician, without any unnecessary pyrotechnics and distractions beyond a proper drumming work. A virtuous with such a deep soul, that I’ve never encountered before. A technical prodigy, hypnotizing in his simplicity. No electronics, computers and plugins – just a plain, vintage drum set, and a constant musical reference to the golden ae of the mythological big band drummers, that he emerged from and became famous by, in the 50’s.
You simply couldn’t take your eyes off his hands and feet, his face expressions and the pouring sweat on his suit, the result of a deeper concentration and passion.
Indeed, I was educated on the Joe Morello playing method, but Buddy was the leader of the pack. The master of all masters. The fastest, strongest, the best.
His ability to play in a single hand what many players can’t play with both, just emphasis what he could have done with both hands.
The drums were a game for him, and he did with them exactly as he pleased.
They say he played 20 hits per second (that’s 1200 BPM!!). I don’t think anyone can beat that.
But my admire for him is mainly related to the fact that he was autodidact, didn’t know to read a chart, and was so powerful yet so emotional and sensitive and played until the day he died.
You need to watch Buddy Rich play, to understand all the above. Lucky and sadly for us, the Youtubes and Dvd’s that he left behind, are the closest tombstone you can visit – you won’t regret.
Maybe couple of days of depression from the the huge gap you might feel, but something from this phenomena will sink in and later on, Buddy will change your life forever.