I jumped in at the deep end. I started practicing drums at the age of 12 in Florida and then got serious at 13 when we got home to Toronto, Canada. After learning my rudiments and various beats, the 1st records (yes we’re pre – CD here) I played along to were the ‘Best of the Buddy Rich Big band’, ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ and Tower of Power’s ‘Live in Living Colour’.
We lived in an apartment so the practice pads got a lot of stick time. My Dad believed in getting me into the advanced stuff as soon as he saw the potential was there I suppose. Anyway, hearing Buddy was incredible because he was such a powerful player and after seeing him live? That was a major lesson in being physically relaxed when you play.
Thank you Buddy.