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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Gene Krupa and the Waffle House

Record store clerks. Years ago I went to a local shop to buy a Buddy Rich record for a friends birthday, he’s a big jazz and blues fan. The store didn’t have what I wanted but the clerk said “give him The Drum Battle by Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich”. He had a copy and my friend loved it. Bought one for myself, I love it too. I got into Buddy Rich when he’d guest on Johnny Carson and would play. My goodness! He was also one of the guests who could keep Carson in stitches. They were magic together. Anyway, as I recall Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald are on that record too. 

I’m still waiting for the ND single theme Borscht Belt issue. As I sagely noted when the Appalachian Mountain music issue came out, the music of the Catskill Mountains and Ozark Mountains is vastly under appreciated. cool

That is one of your best comments ever Jack...the Borscht Belt issue is a no brainer...

As for Buddy Rich, he was funny, on Carson...he was also quite confident (maybe arrogant) about his drumming superiority to everyone, including Gene Krupa...having said that, they were both great drummers, and when I was a little kid, my dad played Benny Goodman all the time...so I heard plenty of Krupa...that's good stuff...my dad didn't like big bands as much as smaller combos with plenty of space for jamming...lots of dixieland...

You may not have had much for us Ed, but you still struck a chord...

 

I was walking down Chestnut Street in Philly on a cold Winter’s day back around 1968 when I saw Buddy Rich standing on the corner deep in conversation with a friend. He was dressed well in a suit and tie, wearing a wool topcoat. I kept walking down the block and went inside Music City, our top shelf instrument dealer. A few minutes later Buddy comes in and is greeted warmly by the staff. He takes off his coat, sits down in front of a set of drums and plays for about an hour. It was an amazing performance and my first true experience with jazz beats. Years later I represented GNP Records who distributed those drum battle discs. So yeah...guess these memories are something from nothing. 

That is one of those things that you are just glad you were lucky enough to be there...I'd love to have seen that...

I suppose we could riff on the old joke about the drums pounding while the guide takes his party down the Amazon river...as long as the drum battle record is playing everything is fine...but what happens when the drum battle record ends?...that's bad...then the bass guitar battle record begins...rimshot please...

Funny...I saw Jackson Browne Monday night...his touring bassist is Bob Glaub, who is just great, and played tons of sessions back in the day...on a couple of songs, Bob did solo on the bass...not long enough for it to get into the "oh no" territory, but he did play a few licks by himself...I thought of that joke...I did not tell it to anyone though, but I was thinking "Drums stop, that's bad, now bass solo starts"...

 

 

In the early 80s I ran a record store in Santa Monica and Bob Glaub was a regular. Great guy. Had many great music related convos. 

Sammy Davis Jr. is in the video a couple times. You may recall has last hit was Don’t It Make My Brown Eye Blue. Insert rimshot here.

Second time someone has mentioned Sammy this week. So here’s that story: I was working in the Burbank office of Capitol Records distribution company when he died, and his funeral was down the street at Forest Lawn. There of us went to pay our respects and it was a full on, old time Hollywood extravaganza. Still have the handout from the service. Also remember visiting the grave of Stan Laurel that day and perhaps Hardy too. 

Badam tsshh...

Being a drummer, big fan of Gene - he was stupendous and rock drumming would not be what it is without ole Gene. As for Buddy Rich, yes he is full of technique and bs, but on my FB page, you'll find #notafanofbuddyrich because AFAIAconcerned, Buddy Rich had a running joke about how inferior country music is, and if a man would think Hank Williams is inferior, then he is sadly lacking in musical appreciation, and is IMO, an inferior musician. Thanks Ed, this was a pleasure to read. Bourdain, that was a kick to the heart, like when Alex Chilton died - the man was real