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Rich was a prodigy who did little to raise any doubts about his title as "the world's greatest drummer." Listen to the Mercury recording, "Buddy Rich vs. Max Roach," which pits him against the state-of-the-art "Dean of Modern Jazz Drummers." Rich is clearly in control, practically unhuman in the unstoppable, machine-like precision and force of his playiing. Doesn't matter whether it's brushes, sticks, snare, bass drum, or cymbals: he's untouchable.
Which is not to say a case can't be made against him. After 1942 Sinatra never recorded with him and brought along his own drummer, Irv Cottler, even when performing with the Rich band. Buddy didn't have the big back beat and the "deep stroke" that Sinatra derived his energy and swing from. And Buddy's time can be so symmetrical and metronomic, so unforgiving, that much of the feeling generated by a soloist working with a Blakey or an Elvin simply never finds room for expression in a Rich ensemble (the recording of the two-horn combo that he formed in the '70's between his two big bands is a case in point).
Rich rarely played drum solos so extended that there was time for the musicians to leave the stage, have a smoke, and return for the out chorus (with the exception of the 30-minute recording of Channel One Suite on a recent release, "Wham").Read more ›
drummer to ever hold sticks, just walk away - it's not worth getting frustrated. This CD contains a solo from Channel One Suite that takes your breath away. What Buddy does on the bass drum at the end of the solo is indescribable. I play it over and over and I'm more stunned each time I hear it. Any drummer worth his salt out there knows exactly what I'm talking about. Get this
CD and put it on high volume!!!
Menza's blowing and writing (Acid Truth) set the tone for this fantastic band. His performances on Mercy, Mercy; Channel 1 Suite; Acid Truth and Goodbye Yesterday changed alot of players I knew in the San Francisco Bay Area.
And the unbelievable single stroke roll and I heard (and witnessed from one of my classmates) was awesome. I began to start copying all of Menza's solos on that album, as did a lot of other players in our high school jazz band.
This has to be ranked as one of the best albums and best bands Buddy ever recorded with. With other greats such as Art Pepper, Al Porcino, Rick Stepton and the future jazz tenor Pat Labarbera, this band was an absolute show-stopper.
If you're a sax player, you'll never tire of the Channel 1 Suite classic cadenza by Don Menza. The powerful brass section on Acid Truth will be inspirational to brass players. And of course, the legendary drumming of Buddy Rich will leave you in awe. Buy this album.
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My father purchased this LP when I was just a kid and I remember wearing the grooves out of it. I probably haven't heard it in over 30 years, but when I got the CD and played it,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John H. Koelling
I'm giving this CD 5 stars because of the outstanding performance of the Channel One Suite. My jazz band is playing this piece of dynamite and I play lead tenor which means I have... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ed Cameron
One of the Best all time drummers in the world. Saw him in concert once and was in awe of his talent. Great band and music overall.Published 16 months ago by john15016
Don Menza on Tenor Sax. I don't even like woodwinds that much but this dude blows my f---ing mind. LIVE. Buddy...don't need to tell you he's a God do I? Read morePublished 19 months ago by chris welke
If you are into the Big Band thing and the swinging 60s, this is the CD to get. Mind you, this is not for traditionalists who believe that the 1940s style swing bands ruled. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sympatico1