Buddy Rich

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    Almost everything I've done, I've done through my own creativity. I don't think I ever had to listen to anyone else to learn how to play drums. I wish I could say that for about ten thousand other drummers.
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    And, well of course, Count Basie, and I think all of the black bands of the late thirties and early forties, bands with real players. They had an influence on everybody, not just drummers.
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    And, you know, I think the original recording of Ravel's Bolero, probably whoever played percussion on that, will never have It played better than that.
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    But I think that any young drummer starting out today should get himself a great teacher and learn all there is to know about the instrument that he wants to play.
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    But primarily, the drummer's supposed to sit back there and swing the band.
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    But, I don't think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can't create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that's written, he becomes mechanical; he has no freedom.
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    But, when you have to resort to turntables, trick lights, flashing lights, fire and all that, you're actually saying, I need this because what I do is not all that together.
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    Every drummer that had a name, had a name because of his individual playing. He didn't sound like anybody else, So everybody that I ever listened to, in some form, influenced my taste.
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    I can think of a lot better things to do with my hands than to cut them up on the rim of a drum.
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    I consider every drummer that ever played before me an influence, in every way.
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    I mean, I think I liked every band I ever played in because each band was different, each band had a different concept, and each band leader was different... different personalities and musical tastes.
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    I play a percussion instrument, not a musical saw; it needs no amplification. Where it's needed, they put a microphone in front of the bass drum. But, I don't think it's necessary to play that way every night.
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    I think at one time every drummer wanted to play like Krupa or wanted to win a Gene Krupa drum contest. This is the big inspiration for drummers and naturally it has to be the same way for me.
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    I think the drummer should sit back there and play some drums, and never mind about the tunes. Just get up there and wail behind whoever is sitting up there playing the solo. And this is what is lacking, definitely lacking in music today.
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    If he's a true symphony artist, he knows better than that because he knows that the only truly creative musician is the jazz musician.
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