NBC: volume

Fred Dabney fdabney@nmsu.edu
Thu Oct 18 18:10:04 EDT 2007

> Steve, sorry I took it the wrong way.  In the context of this thread,
> "beating the crap out of the drums" seemed like a negative.  But now I
> know what you meant and that it was a compliment to said drummer.  Yes, he
> certainly knows how to do it well and appropriately for the situation.  I
> know he works with some very low volume bands and doesn't lose his timing

There's a story about Buddy Rich as a young man, playing with
the Tommy Dorsey band early in his career.

The band was noted for its ballads, and during one, one of the
guys in the reed section noticed Buddy, sitting back on his
stool, arms crossed, holding his drumsticks.

"Hey, Buddy" the sax player whispered, "Aren't you supposed
to be playing?"  Buddy replied in a truculent tone "Hey, man!  I
don't do ballads!"

Fred D. 

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