Is this some kind of magician’s trick Mr. Rich is putting on us? – that we really don’t hear or see what we think we do? I recall standing with Shelly Manne and Bobby Rosengarden at the Nice Jazz Festival in 1978. We stood to the right side of the bandstand so Shelly and Bobby could watch Buddy’s right foot! Just his right foot! After the set, they looked at each other in disbelief. It was obviously an illusion they had seen.
During a Rich engagement in Los Angeles some years ago, twenty-two drummers were in the audience. At the conclusion of the”Channel One Suite” half of them were openly crying. One should not try to explain the magician’s trick-once you know the modus of operandi, the thrill is gone. So keep your secrets, Buddy Rich, and let the audience forever be amazed and in wonderment of your art. The Great Unus may have retired, but Traps, The Drum Wonder makes us all believers.
– Johnny Carson