The Best of Buddy Rich

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Best of Buddy Rich whether or not it actually is the best of Rich's long career can be debated is actually a three-disc box containing the mid-'70s albums The Roar of '74, Very Live at Buddy's Place, and Big Band Machine. Rich, for all his flashiness and bravado, was an incredible drummer, and he took a definite risk by forming a drummer-led big band in 1966, but he pulled it off and continued working in a big-band format the rest of his professional life. All three of these albums demonstrate the powerful and rhythmic swing Rich's big bands could generate, a sound that at times almost borders on a kind of urban jungle funk, and the three releases fit together ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Best of Buddy Rich whether or not it actually is the best of Rich's long career can be debated is actually a three-disc box containing the mid-'70s albums The Roar of '74, Very Live at Buddy's Place, and Big Band Machine. Rich, for all his flashiness and bravado, was an incredible drummer, and he took a definite risk by forming a drummer-led big band in 1966, but he pulled it off and continued working in a big-band format the rest of his professional life. All three of these albums demonstrate the powerful and rhythmic swing Rich's big bands could generate, a sound that at times almost borders on a kind of urban jungle funk, and the three releases fit together amazingly well, like three interchangeable pieces in the same polyrhythmic quilt. Highlights include the funky and swinging "Nuttville" from Roar; the pounding "Nica's Dream" from Very Live; and a skipping, hopping version of Leiber & Stoller's "On Broadway" from Big Band Machine. This was the kind of sound Rich envisioned for big bands, and while it might not be everyone's cup of tea, there's no denying that he led a powerhouse band that was as versatile as it was energetic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Lrc Ltd
  • UPC: 046173001727
  • Catalog Number: 30017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nuttville (4:50)
  2. 2 Kilimanjaro Cookout (6:17)
  3. 3 Big Mac (5:45)
  4. 4 Backwoods Sideman (4:31)
  5. 5 Time Check (3:47)
  6. 6 Prelude to a Kiss (3:35)
  7. 7 Waltz of the Mushroom Hunters (7:19)
  8. 8 Senator Sam (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chameleon (4:52)
  2. 2 Jumpin' at the Woodside (7:20)
  3. 3 Sierra Lonely (6:21)
  4. 4 Cardin Blue (9:51)
  5. 5 Nica's Dream (6:37)
  6. 6 Billie's Bounce (6:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Three Day Sucker (6:55)
  2. 2 Tommy Medley (12:28)
  3. 3 On Broadway (3:54)
  4. 4 Pieces of Dreams (4:35)
  5. 5 Ease on Down the Road (4:02)
  6. 6 West Side Story Medley (5:35)
  7. 7 Playhouse (6:26)
  8. 8 Lush Life (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Rich Primary Artist, Drums
Sonny Fortune Flute, Alto Saxophone
Bob Mintzer Tenor Saxophone
Jack Wilkins Guitar
Pat La Barbera Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Marcus Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sal Nistico Tenor Saxophone
Pete Yellin Alto Saxophone
Ray Armando Conga
Kenny Barron Piano
Ben Brown Bass
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Danny Hayes Trumpet
Anthony Jackson Electric Bass
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Ross Konikoff Trumpet
Tony Levin Bass
John Leys Bass Trombone
Lloyd Michaels Trumpet
Cliff Morris Guitar
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Joe Romano Flute, Alto Saxophone
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Sam Woodyard Percussion
Wayne Wright Guitar
Jimmy Maeulen Conga
Gerald Chamberlain Trombone
Greg Kogan Piano
Richard Hurwitz Trumpet
Charlie Davis Trumpet
John Hoffman Trumpet
Barry Maur Trombone
Bill Blaut Alto Saxophone
Buddy Budson Piano
Anthony Salvatori Trombone
Charles Camilleri Trumpet
Bob Martin Flute, Alto Saxophone
Bob Crea Tenor Saxophone
Larry Hall Trumpet
Mike Abene Piano
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Buddy Rich Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Manny Albam Composer
Malcolm Addey Engineer
Sam Alexander Art Direction
Charlie Parker Composer
David Rubinson Composer
Sam Feldman Mastering
B.E. Mann Composer
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