Once on the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson was introducing Buddy as "one of the best drummers in the business." Buddy's voice could be heard from backstage yelling "THE best." From then on Johnny referred to him as "Mr. Humble." They were good friends and everything was in good fun. That's just Buddy being Buddy.CSR said:Blues is a form of jazz; rock developed from blues. Jazz was the mother of all, coming from Congo Square in New Orleans; it is often called the first truly American music.
Is it his surpassing talent that irritates you so much? We should study and learn from the masters, not denegrate them out of jealousy or dislike of their personality quirks. He could back up his confidence; therefore, it's not arrogance.
Arrogance: "an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people." He was clearly better, but, to my knowledge, he never stated his superiority. Confident? Yes. Arrogant? No.