Buddy Rich (d, lead), Harry Sweets Edison, Conte Candoli (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Benny Carter, Willie Smith (as), Georgie Auld (ts), Buddy Collette (fl, ts, bars), Bob Lawson (bs), Jimmy Rowles, Gerry Wiggins (p), John Simmons, Joe Comfort (b), Jack C
Reference: FSRCD 552
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 Ive seen Buddy do all kinds of solos, any way you can think of, and Ive 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!
01. Lets Fall In Love
02. Me And My Jaguar
03. Just Blues
04. Sweets Opus No.1
05. Strike It Rich
06. Sportin Life (Sweetie Pie)
07. Piano, Bongos, Bass, And Guitar
08. Jump For Me
09. Blues For Basie
10. Shorty George
11. 9:20 Special
12. Blue And Sentimental
13. Down For Double
14. Jumping At The Woodside
15. Aint It The Truth
Tracks #1-6 from the 12" album "The Swinging Buddy Rich" (Norgran MGN-1052).
Track #7 from the 78rpm Norgran 126.
Tracks #8-15 from the 12" LP "This One's For Basie" (Norgran MGN-1086).
Personnel on these sessions
BUDDY RICH ALL-STARS: Harry Sweets Edison (tp), Milt Bernhart
(tb), Benny Carter (as), Georgie Auld (ts), Bob Lawson (bs), Jimmy Rowles (p), John Simmons (b) and Buddy Rich (d). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, on August 21, 1953.
BUDDY RICH NONET: Harry Sweets Edison (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Willie Smith (as), Zoot Sims (ts), Bob Poland (bs), Gerald Wiggins (p), Joe Comfort (b), Buddy Rich (d) and Jack Costanzo (bongos). Johnny Mandel (arranger). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, on August 27, 1954.
Track #7: Buddy Rich (vcl), Harry Sweets Edison (tp), Gerald Wiggins (p), Joe Comfort (b) and Jack Costanzo (bongos). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, on August 27, 1954.
BUDDY RICH ORCHESTRA: Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Frank Rosolino (tb), Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb), Bob Cooper (ts), Buddy Collette (fl, ts, bs), Jimmy Rowles (p), Bill Pitman (g), Joe Mondragon (b) and Buddy Rich (d). Marty Paich (arranger). Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, on August 24 [#8-11] & 25 [#12-15], 1956.
-This One's For Basie
"Drummer Buddy Rich put together an interesting 11-piece group for this tribute to Count Basie. The only Basie alumnus present is trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison but the other soloists (trombonist Frank Rosolino and Bob Enevoldsen, Bob Cooper on tenor and pianist Jimmy Rowles) easily fit into the setting. Marty Paich contributed the arrangements, there are plenty of drum solos and the music, if not all that memorable, can easily be enjoyed by straightahead jazz fans."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide