Buddy Rich – Live in ’78
Jan 18 2012
This concert should definitely prove a winner for listeners who prefer the straight-ahead, swinging, Count Basie-indebted Buddy Rich ensembles of the mid-to-late 1970s to the somewhat rock-heavy sonic barrage of the band assembled by the legendary drummer and bandleader at the close of the 1960s.
Even though the video catches the band just after the departure of some key Rich players like trumpeter Dave Stahl and pianist Barry Kiener, it still features Rich’s right-hand man, tenor saxophonist Steve Marcus, along with a tight-knit ensemble of players with strong soloists in all sections.
The program is a crowd-pleaser, including a Sammy Nestico swinger, a fusion pop chart (Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland”), and one of Rich’s two major drum solo vehicles (“Channel One Suite,” the successor to “West Side Story”), on which he doesn’t disappoint. Visually, the camera crew and editors are right on top of the action, intercutting long shots, close-ups, and angled shots that attentively follow the important musical developments, giving the viewer a chair right alongside the percussion phenomenon known as Buddy Rich.
The solos are closely miked and clear throughout, including the leader’s solo turns, and the overall ensemble sound is good. On the other hand, the rhythmic support, including Rich’s drum kit and ride cymbal, seemed excessively muffled and dampened, while the electric bass was occasionally penetrating and pinched.
Personnel: Buddy Rich: drums; Andy Fusco and Chuck Wilson: alto saxophone and flute; Steve Marcus and Chuck Wilson: soprano saxophone; Steve Marcus and Gary Pribeck: tenor saxophone; Greg Smith: baritone saxophone; John Marshall, Mike McGovern, Mark Ohlsen and Chuck Schmidt: trumpet; Glenn Franke, Dale Kirkland, George Moran: trombone; Bob Kaye: piano; Tom Warrington: electric bass.
- Ya Gotta Trypic Little Train
- Best Coast
- Grand Concourse
- Round Midnight
- Channel One Suite
- Big Swing Face
Year: 2006 (1978)
Running time: 75 min
Video: MPEG2 NTSC, 4:3, 720×480, VBR 7500 kbps
Audio: AC3 2 ch, 48kHz, 1536 kbit/s
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 5.5 Gb