Was Buddy Rich's band really that bad?

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Was Buddy Rich's band really that bad?

Postby (Tube_Fan) » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:29 pm

Obscure Audio 1: Buddy Rich Cursing His Band
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Re: Was Buddy Rich's band really that bad?

Postby (jps) » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:37 pm

He was in great form, as was the band when I saw them in the mid '80s at Prisneyland (Allegro Non Troppo reference).
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Re: Was Buddy Rich's band really that bad?

Postby (jdogric12) » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:38 pm

Interesting stuff. I remember those tapes being a "viral" thing in the 90's before there was such a thing as "viral!" Legendary indeed. Seinfeld took some lines from the tapes - that's worth googling.
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Re: Was Buddy Rich's band really that bad?

Postby (paologregorio) » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:44 am

Good Lord! One wonders.
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...why yes, I suppose I do have a double bound guitar fetish...

"Uh, I like the double bounds. . . ."
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Re: Was Buddy Rich's band really that bad?

Postby (Tube_Fan) » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:00 pm

Harry Hipster Gibson - Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs. Murphys Ovaltine (1944)
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Re: Was Buddy Rich's band really that bad?

Postby (Kiddwad57) » Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:07 pm

Mel Torme wrote a good book on his friend Buddy Rich called Traps: The Drum Wonder.

There's a short chapter on "the tapes." Namely three incidents: 1) Late '70s, early '80s; Rich's band consisted of recent graduates from Berklee and N. Texas and he was prompting them to greater heights; 2) He disliked hippie beards and hair and demanded they modify their appearance. One trombonist arranger especially earned Buddy's ire, "I want him off. I don't want him on the bandstand!"; and 3) Overall disdain for the musicianship of his band. Fired! "Get outta my f^*kin' bus!"
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