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The Buddy RICH Big Band – Burning for Buddy (Vol.1 & Vol.2) 1994

Posted in Buddy RICH, JAZZ on November 22, 2010 by whoisthemonk

The Buddy RICH Big Band – Burning for Buddy (Vol.1 & Vol.2) 1994


Buddy Rich was one of the most famous drummers of all time. Along with Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, he was also one of the great big band drummers of his era. It may sound cliché, but even as a young performer you could see they definitely “broke the mold” when they made Buddy Rich. The fact that his band is still playing and recording after his passing (much like Woody Herman and Count Basie) is a testament to his longevity and contribution to the big band jazz idiom. Luckily, the success of Volume I allowed us to enjoy a Volume II.
By Stanton Zeff.
Audio quality throughout is excellent. This is a fully digital multi-track recording that was not over-produced or over-mixed. Big band recordings are often done the old-fashioned way, with one or two strategically placed microphones, but that doesn’t always do the drums and percussion justice. On these releases, we get to hear everything the drummers are doing–and trust me, it’s a lot. There’s rock drummers playing jazz grooves (Steve Smith from Journey, Neil Peart from Rush), jazz drummers playing rock grooves (Omar Hakim), jazz drummers playing jazz grooves (Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, and Billy Cobham), and rock drummers playing rock grooves (Bill Bruford from Yes). There’s also some outrageous double bass drum work (Simon Phillips) and excellent drum/percussion collaboration (Manu Katche and Mino Cinelu). In addition to a resurrected cut featuring Buddy Rich (which is one of the weaker tunes), these CD’s also feature icons of modern drumming: Ed Shaughnessy (of Tonight Show fame), Joe Morello (featured with Dave Brubeck) and Max Roach (featured with Art Blakey but played with so many famous jazz artists of the last century you’d have to Google him to believe it). Incredibly, both Morello and Roach are featured on these CD’s playing well into their 70’s! With all the amazingly tight ensemble work delivered on these CD’s (including amazing solo work by long-time Buddy Rich sax man Steve Marcus), it’s easy to forget the arrangers and composers who made it all possible. Names like Don Menza, John LaBarbara, Sam Nestico, and Bob Mintzer (also of the Yellowjackets), have been associated with some of the greatest big band jazz music of the last half-century; I remember playing some of these guy’s arrangements in the 1970’s.

While I typically prefer to PLAY big band jazz rather than listen to it, I find myself revisiting these two releases more often than I ever thought I would. Where else can you find a collection of some of our era’s greatest drummers backed by top-notch jazz musicians, playing top-notch big band arrangements, recorded in top-notch digital recording facilities? As much as I like my old (Pablo label) Count Basie LP’s, the audio quality just doesn’t come close to these well produced (by Neil Peart) CD’s. Plus, there are tons of liner notes and classic photos. Pick one (or both) up and get ready to do some SERIOUS stomping and swinging!
Musicians On Volume I
Buddy Rich Big Band:
Andy Fusco, Dave D’Angelo, Steve Marcus, Walt Weiskopf, Jack Stuckey- (Saxophones);
Dave Stahl, Ross Konikoff, Greg Gisbert, Scott Wendholt- (Trumpet);
John Mosca, Rick Trager, George Gesslein- (Trombone);
Jon Werking- (Piano);
Chuck Bergeron- (Bass).
Additional personnel:
Gary Keller- (Tenor Sax, Flute);
Bob Millikan, Craig Johnson, Dan Collette, Mike Ponella, Joe Magnarelli, Tony Kadleck- (Trumpet);
John Hart, Chuck Loeb, Bill Beaudoin- (Guitar);
Jon Werking- (Keyboards);
Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Matt Sorum, Steve Smith, Manu Katche, Bill Cobham, Max Roach, Rod Morgenstein, Omar Hakim, Ed Shaughnessy, Joe Morello, Bill Bruford, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Steve Ferrone- (Drums);
Neil Peart, Kenny Aronoff- (Drums, Percussion);
Mino Cinelu- (Percussion).
Vol I
01. Dancing Men (with Simon Phillips)
02. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (with Dave Weckl)
03. Love For Sale (with Steve Gadd)
04. Beulah Witch (with Matt Sorum)
05. Nutville (with Steve Smith)
06. Cotton Tail (with Neil Peart)
07. No Jive (with Manu Katche)
08. Milestones (with Bill Cobham)
09. Drum Also Waltzes Part One, The (with Max Roach)
10. Machine (with Rod Morgenstein)
11. Straight No Chaser (with Kenny Aronoff)
12. Slo-Funk (with Omar Hakim)
13. Shawnee (with Ed Shaughnessy)
14. Drumorello (with Joe Morello)
15. Drum Also Waltzes Part Two, The (with Max Roach)
16. Lingo (with Bill Bruford)
17. Ya Gotta Try (with Marvin “Smitty” Smith)
18. Pick Up The Pieces (with Steve Ferrone)

Musicians On Volume II
Buddy Rich Big Band:
Steve Marcus, Jack Stuckey- (Saxophones);
Andy Fusco, Walt Weiskopf, Dave D’Angelo- (Sax, Flute);
Dave Stahl, Ross Konikoff, Greg Gisbert, Scott Wendholt- (Trumpet);
John Mosca, Rick Trager, George Gesslein- (Trombone);
Jon Werking- (Piano);
Chuck Bergeron- (Bass).
Additional personnel:
Cathy Rich, Domenick Allen, Annie Ross, Annette Sanders- (Vocals);
Gary Keller- (Tenor Sax, Flute);
Mike Rubino- (Tenor Sax);
Bob Millikan, Craig Johnson, Dan Collette, Mike Ponella, Joe Magnarelli, Tony Kadleck, Dean Pratt- (Trumpet);
Lee Musiker- (Piano);
Chuck Loeb -(Guitar);
Steve Smith, Steve Gadd, Bill Bruford, Gregg Bissonette, Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Dave Garibaldi, Kenny Aronoff, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joe Morello, Neil Peart, Steve Arnold, Buddy Rich- (Drums).
Volume II
01.Moment’s Notice (Steve Smith)
02.Basically Blues (Steve Gadd)
03.Willowcrest (Bill Bruford)
04.In A Mellow Tone (Gregg Bissonette)
05.Time Check (Dave Weckl)
06.Goodbye Yesterday (Simon Phillips)
07.Groovin’ Hard (Dave Garibaldi)
08.Big Swing Face (Kenny Aronoff)
09.Standing Up In A Hammock (Marvin “Smitty” Smith)
10.Take The “A” Train (Joe Morello)
11.One O’Clock Jump (Neil Peart)
12.Them There Eyes (Steve Arnold)
13.Channel One Suite (Buddy Rich)

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