Saturday, March 03, 2018

Very occasional quote of the day: Buddy's time

From the bassist Chuck Bergeron who was in Buddy Rich's band in the 80s:

“One afternoon, after a couple of nights of feeling that he wasn’t happy with where I was placing the beat, I asked Buddy if he wanted me to play a little more “on top.” 

He put a hand at the top of his head and the other at his waist and said “I don’t want it here and I don’t want it here – I want it RIGHT HERE, right down the middle” – pointing at his heart. 

What I learned from that statement is that everyone has a different opinion of where “on top” or “on the backside” of the beat is and the only definitive place to put the time is right down the middle and with conviction.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Thanks for this one.