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Album Review

This crack sextet recording by Buddy Rich is one of the long lost treasures in his vast discography as a leader, featuring a band he took on a State Department-sponsored tour of the Far East and Asia not long after the recording sessions were completed for this album. The band includes flutist Sam Most, trumpeter Rolf Ericson (who achieved his greatest fame with Duke Ellington), Wyatt Ruther (previously a sideman with Dave Brubeck), vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, and the somewhat obscure pianist Johnny Morris. Rich's pulsing drums are right in front in their aggressive arrangement of Horace Silver's blues "Blowin' the Blues Away," in which each soloist seems stimulated by the musician preceding him. "Caravan" begins with the leader's thunderous solo, though it quickly softens with Rich taking a backseat to Most and Ruther; the remainder of the band makes a delayed entrance. Mainieri contributed the exciting blues "Young Blood," which showcases his best solo on the date. The vibraphonist is also the featured soloist in the mellow interpretation of "I Remember Clifford," where he is backed by the haunting blend of trumpet and flute, with Rich staying very much in the background. Reissued as a limited-edition CD by Verve in 2005, this should be considered an essential Buddy Rich recording.

Customer Reviews

Like it was yesterday....

Sure, he wasn't the nicest guy to ever lead a band. But Man he was unreal to see and hear. My jazz musician Dad (played with Barret Deems, Buddy Morrow) took me as a 13 year old percussion student to witness this dude play in front of some college aged band Rich was touring with at the time (early 70's). Awesome. This album brings it back. One of the greatest drummers ever (thanks Dad).

A more intimate Buddy Rich

It's a rare treat to hear this master drummer in a smaller group. Great playing by everybody on this session. This album is a steal at this price, don't think twice!

Blues Caravan, Buddy Rich and His Sextet
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