The Best of Buddy Rich

The Best of Buddy Rich

by Buddy Rich


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The Best of Buddy Rich

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0046173001727
catalogNumber: 5026105

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
B.E. Mann   Composer

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