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This CD is an hommage to jazz legend Buddy Rich, a great, swinging drummer with roots in the Swing Era. Rich played with some of the best big bands, but it was his association with Tommy Dorsey that first thrust him into the consciousness of a whole generation of swing fans. He won many Down Beat awards during his time, going as far back as 1941, and has been ranked by most authorities as the leading drummer in jazz during a span of more than two decades.

Drummers of all persuasion have shown their admiration for Rich. Max Roach, dean of modern drummers, after making an LP with Buddy, said that he was "a fabulous musician, either in a big band or with a small group." Philly Joe Jones, one of the most respected of all jazz drummers, remarked, "Buddy does things that are unbelievable for any drummer… I've seen Buddy do all kinds of solos, any way you can think of, and I've never seen him do tricks." To top things up, no less an authority on the subject than Gene Krupa said: "Buddy Rich is the greatest drummer of all time." It is hard to get better than that!



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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fresh Sound Records
  • ASIN: B002C69WZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Were it not for Fresh Sound records, I'm afraid some of the very best recordings by American jazz legends would be forever lost. Admittedly, a few of the recordings have been sub-par in terms of audio fidelity ("Bill Evans Live in Rome"), even though the production values--informative booklets with insights into the context of the recordings as well as dates and complete personnel--have almost always been first-rate.

The present album documents two sessions recorded by Buddy for Norman Granz' Norgran label during the years 1952-1956: "The Swinging Buddy Rich" and "This One's for Basie." Marty Paich was, in the 1950s, an arranger perhaps 2nd only to Nelson Riddle, and especially his charts on the scintillating Lulu's Back in Town are not only exemplary in the balance between instrumentation and creative freedom but are widely considered the arrangments that enabled Mel Torme to put his "Velvet Fog" days scurely behind him and to assume the mantle of a male jazz vocalist without peer. And since the death of Nelson Riddle it's doubtful that any arranger has approached the complex artistry of Johnny Mandel, whose arrangements for Shirley Horn on the album, Here's to Life, produced one the truly timeless, transcendent vocal recordings of the late 20th century. These are the arrangers responsible for the charts on these two scintillating Buddy Rich sessions.

As for the musicians, there are no contractual conflicts and pseudonyms used as was the case on the original albums.
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