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Section A: The Pioneer & The Unbeatable Virtuoso


James I. Lent recorded "The Ragtime Drummer" in 1904. Click here to listen to the MP3.

This record is a rarity indeed. It is a drum solo performed to ragtime rhythms. It is the only example of an early ragtime drumming record. Lent is backed up by the London Regimental Band. The sound quality is excellent for the time it was recorded. The track retained its popularity for many years. It still being re-released on different labels up to fifteen years after it was initially recorded. Not just the only Lent record most people have ever heard, but also the only drum solo they've come across on acoustic records.

Unbeatable Virtuoso:

Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed. Rich's technique has been one of the most standardized and coveted in drumming. His dexterity, speed and smooth execution are considered "holy grails" of drum technique.

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