Isn’t paradiddle an awesome word? I had to look it up because, aside from the fact that it relates to drumming, I had no idea what it meant. It’s a drum roll in which the the left and right hands alternate. I looked up a You Tube demonstration too because all drum rolls involve the left and right hand as far as I know. Paradiddle involves a couple hits with one hand then a couple hits with the other. It sounds a bit like the wheels of a train speeding over the track.
This is from 1956’s “This One’s For Basie.” The songs are Basie’s compositions but the Count does not actually appear on the album. I chose the song “Down For Double” because it has a couple excellent drum solos. Let’s enjoy Buddy Rich: musical genius and legendary show biz man-diva.
I think I have one of the few non-show biz jobs on the planet where I’m allowed to have tantrums. Granted, they’re other people’s tantrums and I’m just there to give them voice. But loudly and profanely defaming the character and questioning the parentage of complete strangers can be oddly cathartic sometimes.