Buddy Rich

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Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time.

Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He discovered his affinity for jazz music at a young age and began drumming at the age of 2. He began playing jazz in 1937, working with acts such as Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James. From 1942 to 1944, Rich served in the U.S. Marines. From 1945 to 1948, he led the Buddy Rich Orchestra. In 1966, he recorded a big-band style arrangement of songs from West Side Story. He found lasting success in 1966 with the formation of the Buddy Rich Big Band, also billed as the Buddy Rich Band and The Big Band Machine.

Rich was known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed. He was an advocate of the traditional grip, though he occasionally used match grip when playing the toms. Despite his commercial success and musical talent, Rich never learned how to read sheet music, preferring to listen to drum parts and play them from memory.

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2008Strike It, Rich!Buddy Rich1


1955Sing And Swing With Buddy RichBuddy Rich1
1956Buddy Rich Sings Johnny MercerBuddy Rich1
1956Krupa and RichGene Krupa & Buddy Rich4
1956This One's for BasieBuddy Rich1
1959Rich Versus RoachBuddy Rich & Max Roach6
1961Blues CaravanBuddy Rich4
1962Burnin BeatBuddy Rich & Gene Krupa1
1966The Sounds of '66Sammy Davis Jr. & Buddy Rich2
1967The DriverBuddy Rich1
1968Rich à la RakhaBuddy Rich and Alla Rakha2
1974NirvanaZoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli Special Guest Buddy Rich1
1974The Roar of '74Buddy Rich3
1974TransitionBuddy Rich & Lionel Hampton2
1975Big Band MachineBuddy Rich3
1976. . . Again! - The Tatum Group MasterpiecesTatumHamptonRich1
1977Class of '78Buddy Rich1
1977Lionel Hampton Presents: Buddy RichBuddy Rich14
1977Plays and Plays and PlaysBuddy Rich2
1978When I Found You (Mel Torme with the Buddy Rich Orchestra)Mel Tormé with The Buddy Rich Orchestra1
1978Just Jazz: Together Again for the First TimeMel Tormé & Buddy Rich2
1980The BullBuddy Rich1
1981Europa JazzSal Nistico / Kenny Barron / Anthony Jackson / Buddy Rich1
1990The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived with... the Best Band I Ever HadBuddy Rich2
1991One Night StandBuddy Rich And His Orchestra1
1991Two Big Bands Play Selections From West Side Story & Other DelightsBuddy Rich / Maynard Ferguson2
1992No JiveBuddy Rich1
1993Together Again - For the First TimeMel Tormé & Buddy Rich1
1994Lionel Hampton Presents: Buddy RichLionel Hampton Presents Buddy Rich1
1996Big Swing FaceBuddy Rich1
1998A Night at BirdlandArt Blakey, Buddy Rich, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie31
2000Giant StepsBuddy Rich1
2003Buddy and SweetsBuddy Rich & Harry “Sweets” Edison1
2003Rich and FamousBuddy Rich1
2004No Funny HatsBuddy Rich2
2005A Different DrummerBuddy Rich1
2005Rich in LondonBuddy Rich2
2006Last Blues AlbumBuddy Rich1
2007The MonsterBuddy Rich2
2015BirdlandBuddy Rich2
2019Just in Time The Final RecordingBuddy Rich1
RichcraftBuddy Rich1
Stick ItBuddy Rich1

Album + Compilation

1969Super RichBuddy Rich1
1976Both SidesBuddy Rich1
1979A Young Man And His DrumsBuddy Rich1
1987Compact Jazz: Buddy RichBuddy Rich1
1988Compact Jazz: Gene Krupa & Buddy RichGene Krupa & Buddy Rich1
1988The Legendary Buddy RichBuddy Rich1
1991Time BeingBuddy Rich1
1991The Legendary '47-'48 OrchestraBuddy Rich1
1996The Jazz MastersBuddy Rich1
1997The Best of Buddy Rich: The Pacific Jazz YearsBuddy Rich1
1998The Legendary '46-'48 Orchestra Vol. 2Buddy Rich1
1999The Chronological Classics: Buddy Rich and His Orchestra 1946-1948Buddy Rich and His Orchestra1
2000Anatomy of a Jam SessionNat King Cole & Buddy Rich2
2000Rich-Ual DanceBuddy Rich1
2001Midnite Jazz & Blues: CourageBuddy Rich1
2001The All-Star Small GroupsBuddy Rich1
2003That's RichBuddy Rich1
2005Argo, EmArcy and Verve Small Group Buddy Rich SessionsBuddy Rich2
2014The SolosBuddy Rich1
2015Classic Albums 1957-1962Buddy Rich1
2015The Complete Buddy Rich: The Classic Albums 1946–1956Buddy Rich1
2016The Absolutely Essential 3 CD CollectionBuddy Rich1
2018The Lost TapesBuddy Rich1
Great MomentsBuddy Rich1
Play the Arrangements of Marty Paich & Ernie WilkinsBuddy Rich and His Orchestra1
The Chronological Classics: Buddy Rich 1950-1955Buddy Rich1

Album + Compilation + Live

1977One Night Stand - 1946 - Live Sessions At The Palladium, HollywoodBuddy Rich1

Album + Live

1958In MiamiBuddy Rich3
1980The Man From Planet JazzBuddy Rich2
1985Mr. Drums Buddy Rich: Live on King StreetBuddy Rich1
1989Tuff DudeBuddy Rich1
1993Europe 77Buddy Rich & His Orchestra1
1994Rags to RichesBuddy Rich1
1999The Drum BattleGene Krupa and Buddy Rich2
2000Jazz off the Air, Volume 5: The CinchBuddy Rich1
2000The CinchBuddy Rich1
2001Wham!Buddy Rich1
2004Very Live at Buddy's PlaceBuddy Rich1
2007Time OutBuddy Rich1
Swingin' New Big BandBuddy Rich1

EP + Compilation

1993Sweet Georgia BrownBuddy Rich1

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