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Drumkit In Waiting...

By Ken_fuji
This is my drumkit...well, some of it anyway. I couldn't fit it all into my lounge. The drums are REMO Encore, cymbals are by ZILDJIAN, Vic Firth "Extreme" 5B sticks.

I spent most of my life behind this kit - touring, recording, and teaching. I don't play anymore due to poor health, but will never sell my drums. In 1982, I was lucky enough to meet the World's Greatest Drummer - BUDDY RICH - after one of his concerts. He was my hero, and even today I still watch in awe at his videos and DVDs. The guy was a genius.

I therefore dedicate this photo to Buddy Rich, and all the joy he brought me. Smile

I hope you like the shot. Thanks for looking.


Tags: Photo journalism Music General Drums Fuji s5500 Drumkit Flash and lighting Cymbals Buddy rich

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steviehutch 11 18 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 11:36AM
wonderful sentiment, keep on rockin. regards steve

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Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
18 Jan 2008 2:54PM
Many thanks for the comment.
User_Removed 15 39 6 Scotland
18 Jan 2008 8:49PM
A case of all that glitters is gold Ken. If my daughter sees this she will be round at your flat before you know it.

Fine shot and hope you ate keeping on top of things

Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
19 Jan 2008 12:01AM
Your daughter would be most welcome, although the neighbours might not be too pleased!

I have so many happy memories of the time I spent playing these drums. Some day I hope to be able to play again, but not at a professional level of course - just for the sheer thrill.

I hope you are well. I'm still going through the grieving process I'm afraid. It'll take a long time for me to recover.

Thanks very much for the kind comment.

Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
19 Jan 2008 12:18AM
For those of you who haven't seen Buddy Rich, you can check out some video clips and his biography here .

This is one of my favourite solos. Even if you're not a drummer, you have to admire this amazing musician's command of the drumkit, and his dazzling technique.

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
20 Jan 2008 3:23PM
Hi Ken,
Buddy Rich an amazing drummer and a person who gave lots of joy to many people whether they just listened or played music,drums or simply loved showmanship. Your drums talk a million photographs,dreams and words and if they could talk i'll bet they could tell some stories,songs and happy times.The grieving process is long and slow,take your time ken and with the help of your friends,your music,watching Buddy and maybe starting to play your drums one day,you'll get there,it won't be fast or easy but with your determination one day you'll start thinking about playing Buddy again.
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
21 Jan 2008 2:37PM
Thanks Ann.

Yes, he was a phenomenal musician, and entertainer. As much as I'd love to be able to play drums again, it seems very unlikely. I just don't have the strength. You really need to be very fit to play drums. It's been four years now since I played, but I will keep hold of my kit. Maybe one of my young nephews or nieces would be interested in taking up drumming.

Take care,
costas Plus
10 2 2 Greece
22 Jan 2008 10:41PM
I loved looking at the clips, a friend said to me back in the seventies that he used to put a penny on the wall and keep it there with the stick ! many thanks for the joy you've brought me tonight, good shot by the way.
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
23 Jan 2008 1:33AM
Thank you for commenting. Buddy brought joy to many. He was the only drummer in history who could attract a huge audience, and appealed to people of all ages and musical tastes.

lauraHB 12 121 Ireland
24 Jan 2008 10:54AM
A fine tribute to this amazing drummer.
I am going to have to get some cd's of Buddy. now
I love good music and spend many hours when I get the chance listening to Zappa, Captain Beefheart, john McLoughlin, Al de Meola etc
This shot has taken me back to my youth when I used to play in a band myself (we were very bad but boy did we enjoy it)
I'm very sad to hear you do not have the strenght to play the drums as I get the feeling you were one hell of a drummer.
It is a wonderful idea to give your kit to one of your nieces or nephews however, I would add, I received a beautiful Electric Hofner Guitar from my Uncle just before he died and being 9 years of age, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take it apart to see what was on the inside!! 28 years later I am now looking at trying to get the parts so I can put it back together!
So please be sure that they are of an age that they will truly appreciate the fine kit that you have.
Again, you have brought some beautiful memories back to me and thank you.
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
24 Jan 2008 11:24AM
Thank you Laura for your lovely comment.

You will find many of Buddy Rich and his Big Band CDs on Amazon. They've started to re-release some of his classic albums on CD. I used to have loads of his music on LPs, but over the years I lost them along the way.

When I played, I was a Session Drummer, but Jazz Fusion music - particularly improvisation, was my favourite style. I have several John Scofield, and John McLaughlin albums too. I love all those players. Allan Holdsworth is undoubtedly my all-time favourite guitar player. The man has to be seen to be believed! Like Buddy, he is another genius.

I will definitely keep hold of my drums. I also have many hours of recordings I played on over my three decade career. Hopefully, my memory will live on through them too.

Thanks again for the generous comment.

Take care,
lauraHB 12 121 Ireland
24 Jan 2008 11:50AM
Thanks ken,
I will get my hands on some of those cd's.

PS I would love to hear your recordings
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
30 Jan 2008 3:09AM
Hi Laura,

I've heard hundreds of Buddy Rich recordings over the years, and would recommend the following CDs as some of his best (available) work -

"Big Swing Face"
"The Man From Planet Jazz"
"Swingin' New Big Band"
"Buddy Rich Plays and Plays and Plays"
"Compact Jazz: Buddy Rich"
"Keep the Customer Satisfied"

These are just some of my favourites, but the list is endless. I used to own the originals on LP, but it's great to see them being re-released on CD.

Hope this acts as a good place to start.

Thanks again for your comment and interest in the great Buddy Rich.

Take care,

P.S. - As for my own recordings - I don't have anything on the Internet but might be able to e-mail some stuff as MP3 files.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
7 Aug 2008 12:34AM
a beautiful drumkit
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
11 Aug 2008 5:59AM
Thank you. It sounds even better.

Sadly, I broke both my wrists in a fall recently, and can't play drums anymore. Sad


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