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Album Review

The dozen selections included on this album are taken from several different radio broadcasts from a 13-month period; neither the exact recording dates (it only says 1946) nor the personnel are given — inexcusable omissions. The soloists in the short-lived Buddy Rich Big Band generally include trumpeter Tommy Allison, trombonist Earl Swope, clarinetist Aaron Sachs and tenor saxophonist George Berg, along with the fiery drummer/leader. The music is forward-looking swing influenced a bit by bebop. If the music were being reissued completely and in chronological order, it would gain a higher rating, but even so, this obscure album should interest big band and bop collectors. Highlights include "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Great Moments," "Carioca" and "Four Rich Brothers."


Born: September 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

When it came to technique, speed, power, and the ability to put together incredible drum solos, Buddy Rich lived up to the billing of "the world's greatest drummer." Although some other drummers were more innovative, in reality none were in his league even during the early days. A genius, Buddy Rich started playing drums in vaudeville as "Traps, the Drum Wonder" when he was only 18 months old; he was completely self-taught. Rich performed in vaudeville throughout his childhood and developed into...
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