Mercy, Mercy

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissue brings back the finest all-round recording by Buddy Rich's big band. The original version of "Channel 1 Suite" is a classic and contains tenor saxophonist Don Menza's most memorable solo, plus a couple of brilliant improvisations from the explosive drummer/leader. Another highlight is an inventive Phil Wilson arrangement of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and even "Alfie" a melodic feature for altoist Art Pepper and "Ode to Billie Joe" come across well. In addition to the original LP program, three selections were released for the first time on this CD. "Chelsea Bridge" is particularly significant, for it showcases Pepper, who was making a brief and unsuccessful ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissue brings back the finest all-round recording by Buddy Rich's big band. The original version of "Channel 1 Suite" is a classic and contains tenor saxophonist Don Menza's most memorable solo, plus a couple of brilliant improvisations from the explosive drummer/leader. Another highlight is an inventive Phil Wilson arrangement of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and even "Alfie" a melodic feature for altoist Art Pepper and "Ode to Billie Joe" come across well. In addition to the original LP program, three selections were released for the first time on this CD. "Chelsea Bridge" is particularly significant, for it showcases Pepper, who was making a brief and unsuccessful comeback seven years before he finally returned to the scene. This spirited and often-exciting set is a real gem and is essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724385433122
  • Catalog Number: 54331
  • Sales rank: 24,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (5:34)
  2. 2 Preach and Teach (4:06)
  3. 3 Channel One Suite (12:50)
  4. 4 Big Mama Cass (3:22)
  5. 5 Goodbye Yesterday (6:18)
  6. 6 Acid Truth (5:50)
  7. 7 Alfie (3:49)
  8. 8 Ode to Billie Joe (3:39)
  9. 9 Chavala (5:20)
  10. 10 Mr. Lucky (5:47)
  11. 11 Chelsea Bridge (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Rich Primary Artist, Drums
Don Menza Tenor Saxophone
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Rick Stepton Trombone
Bill Prince Trumpet
Walter Namuth Guitar
Joe Azarello Piano
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Bob Belden Producer
Don Menza Arranger
Charles Owens Arranger
Phil Wilson Arranger
Allyn Ferguson Arranger
Richard Bock Producer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Jerry Livingston Composer
Don Piestrup Arranger
Dean Pratt Producer
Bill Reddie Arranger
Gabor Halmos Cover Design
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