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Buddy's powerhouse first album for Pacific Jazz, on CD for the first time with nine, count 'em, nine unreleased tracks! Includes that famed West Side Story medley, plus Critic's Choice; Up Tight (Everything's Alright); Sister Sadie; Readymix , and more, with arrangements by Oliver Nelson and Bill Holman.

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  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005H1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. Law on September 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
DON'T MISS THIS! In 1966, Buddy Rich left his gig as the highest-paid sideman in history with Harry James' band to start another big band of his own in Vegas. When Buddy finally dumped his backer (who wanted this to be a big ROCK band) because the charts were bad, quality arrangers like Oliver Nelson and Bill Reddie (house arranger at the Dunes Hotel) showed up and history was made! The result is one of the most exciting bands you'll EVER HEAR!
This band really PLAYED! I heard it in a little room in Oldtown Chicago called "The Scotch Mist," and they nearly blew the customers' drinks right off the tables! The sound was different, too. The charts were great, but a lot of the uniqueness (I think) came from the "barrel-house" lead trombone of Jim Trimble "pushing" the Vegas trumpet section to new heights. You can really hear the "middle" of the band in their recordings.
The personnel were kind of anonymous in '66 (unless you were a musician), but many are very well known now (such as Bobby Shew, Carson Smith and Gene Quill). Don't be fooled ! In the 60's, you could walk into ANY hotel on "The Strip" and get blown away by the HOUSE BAND! These guys are simply GREAT! (Several of them are still hanging around Las Vegas, some in pretty surprising jobs...).
Thanks to Bob Belden and Dean Pratt (a trumpet-player and Rich alumnus), there are (9) extra tracks not on the original LP, but included on this CD (the five Oliver Nelson charts would make it worth the price of the album alone). So a fantastic album was just made EVEN BETTER by the reissue producers ! Get this, crank up the stereo and just TRY not to grin when the band rips through Bill Reddie's "West Side Story Medley" or Phil Wilson's "Basically Blues." ( I'll bet you WILL....).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. on March 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
In the middle of the "British Invasion" music movement of the late 1960's, Bernard "Buddy" Rich, an icon from the swing era a generation past, decided it was his time to start an ork. Against opposition from all the pundits and critics, having had limited success fronting a big band twenty years earlier, when big bands folded in a mass exodus, having been replaced by vocal recordings and be-bop,he had these very same obstacles again, plus rock and roll to contend with.

In a sterling result which exemplifies David vs. Goliath, a case study that should be included in all the top business schools, to say he pulled it off is an understatement.

Using top session players (who, in later years, would be replaced by recent graduates of Berklee and North Texas State), he assembled a library of diverse arrangements: swing/modern jazz hybrids, rock, ballad standards.

This live recording, from the Chez in Hollywood, hit the band in stride, after a mixed result when they debuted at the Aladin Hotel in Vegas. With, at the time, aid from the very best social media source, Johnny Carson, it all fell into place.

Most of the arrangements here did not stay in the book very long. They are strong, nevertheless. "Readymix" by Bill Holman, has the pulse of swing, with some bebop references. Strong effort here from John Bunch, who would soon leave to conduct Tony Bennett, then return in '74 when Buddy scaled down to a sextet. "Basically Blues", stayed in the book permanently, again, strong efforts from Bunch and tenor man Jay Corre, who Buddy recruited from their association with Harry James.

Another strong effort included "Sister Sadie", a Horace Silver piece.

The debut of "West Side Story", in its entirety, was supposedly recorded in a studio.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Covais on April 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album was the first I ever herd Buddy Rich play. I was already a drummer 13 years and hadn't herd any of Buddy's playing on record. This is his most famous cd of his 1960's big band albums he did on Pacific Jazz, and it's my favorite. Highlights of this album are of course, West Side Story, and Apples, but Hoe Down, Basically Blues, What Did I Say, and Uptight are also of my musical enjoyments. I don't think there was a drummer who wasn't influenced by Buddy Rich, and this cd is why! Any drummer or jazz fan will like this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The year was 1966, and it was the first time I'd caught either Frank Sinatra or the Buddy Rich band live (though Sinatra brought his own pianist, Bill Miller, and drummer, Irv Cottler, to work with the Rich band during his vocal set). The feature number during Buddy's set was, of course, "West Side Story Medley," which was the grand finale. Not long after this period, Rich would be increasingly drawn to rock and to the louder and less sophisticated sounds of the day (it's hard to find anything by him between 1968 and 1972 that doesn't use electric bass and devote a preponderance of the repertory to boring and repetitious rock charts (though "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" was an ingenious arrangement, and "Channel One Suite" was essentially a swing chart).

Which is to say that if swing is your thing, this is the one to get ahead of things like "Big Swing Face," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and "The Roar of '74." It's not Rich's tightest ensemble, but there are enough compensations to make the disc a good investment. 17 tunes on the CD, all but one insipid rock arrangement a walking-bass 4/4 swinger; plus some esteemed major players in jazz (Gene Quill, Pete Yellin, Bobby Shew, Jay Corre, John Bunch and Carson Smith); and of course "West Side Story Medley." This was not a North Texas State farm band being fronted by a 1940s swing star. And the arrangements were by one of the best ever, Oliver Nelson, who probably should have been doing less arranging and more playing given his prodigious talents (unfortunately, he had a family to feed).
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