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Traps - The Drum Wonder: The Life of Buddy Rich Hardcover [Hardcover]

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Pages   233
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1997
Publisher   Rebeats Press
ISBN  1888408030  
EAN  9781888408034  
UPC  073999303377  


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(Book). Now back in print, this bestseller by Mel Torme is a brilliant biography of his friend of forty years, Buddy Rich, who was one of the most famous drummers of the Swing Era, having starred in the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey bands. His career started when he was two years old in his parents' Vaudeville act, and by the time he was four he was the highest paid child performer in the world. The Buddy Rich story is a fascinating one, as much for what it says about the world of American music and entertainment as for the remarkable life it portrays. Drawing from interviews and many personal reminiscences, Torme packs this biography with vivid, often funny, anecdotes. His personal touch and his in-depth knowledge of jazz make for a moving, insightful, and often hilarious biography. 233 pages, 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 Softcover

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mel TormE (1925-99) published more than 250 songs in his lifetime, mostly in collaboration with cowriter and friend Robert Wells (1922-98). Together at the piano and within forty-five minutes, they wrote the music and lyrics to one of the most beloved Christmas songs ever, appropriately titled "The Christmas Song."

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For a jazzlover who still remembers Buddy Rich  Sep 17, 2008
Torme was a close friend of Buddy Rich, knew much of his life story at first hand, and as a musician himself had access to dozens of Riches colleagues. Mel was a professional writer as well as a musician and it shows in the clarity of his prose. If you've gone so far as to read this review then you will for sure like the book.
 
Thoroughly Enjoyable  Mar 21, 2008
I have been in awe of Buddy Rich's musicianship since hearing him live at "Lennie's on the Turnpike" in MA back in the sixties. He could 'suggest' a melody during his solo's better than any drummer I've ever heard (in 62 years). Mel Torme's biography is just fine at portraying Buddy Rich.
Read it and judge for yourselves!
 
A Fair-Minded Biography of the Greatest Technical Drum Soloist Ever  Aug 6, 2006
Mel Torme is not a genius of prose or of the biography genre, but he isn't unreadable either, and literary standards these days are low anyway. Besides, Mel Torme KNEW Rich for much of Rich's life. Buddy Rich asked Torme to write a fair biography, and that is what Torme has done. If you want to learn about the life of the greatest technical drum soloist of all time, this is the book to buy. I like the pictures, too. (How's that for genius in prose?)
 
A great story, but....  Jan 24, 2000
A great story, but.... The Buddy Rich story had to be told, and on the whole Tormé does it with honesty and humour. His writing, however, suffers from a number of bad mixed metaphors, and there is a dreadful editing mistake when the lead in quote to one of the final chapters is dated as being at Rich's birthday party in 1988. He died in 1987. These qualms aside, the book is easy reading, with many funny anecdotes. The view of the jazz scene is predictably white and cronyish, but the main interest is Rich's extraordinary life and talent.
 
A great story, but....  Jul 5, 1999
The Buddy Rich story had to be told, and on the whole Tormé does it with honesty and humour. His writing, however, suffers from a number of bad mixed metaphors, and there is a dreadful editing mistake when the lead in quote to one of the final chapters is dated as being at Rich's birthday party in 1988. He died in 1987. These qualms aside, the book is easy reading, with many funny anecdotes. The view of the jazz scene is predictably white and cronyish, but the main interest is Rich's extraordinary life and talent.
 

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