One of the pleasures of interviewing Dan Morgenstern (and there are many) is his generous, thoughtful re-evaluation of musicians he knew first-hand.
One such is the amazing drummer Buddy Rich — legendary yet vilified. Jazz has its own emotional hierarchy, and fans and journalists create heroes, martyrs, and villains: some of the latter sinning by being popular and making money. For every Star who rises, others must fall. But that’s a long sad essay for another time.
Here we are, in Dan’s apartment on March 9, 2018:
A revealing portrait, and there will be more. Here ‘s one from a year earlier, which I find greatly moving.
May your happiness increase!