I had the good fortune of catching Buddy Rich live several times as a kid and a teenager. If you've ever heard or read about his drumming ability all I can say is that to see him live was simply amazing. He was every bit as great as you've heard or read - and then some!
His stick speed was fantastic, and his technique was phenomenal. He had such stick control - I couldn't begin to even attempt what he did back when I was playing drums.
One other thing that should be mentioned - Buddy's band was always the hottest, tightest, most powerful, and most dynamic big band around. He demanded a lot of the guys in his band.