Buddy Rich – The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived…with “The Best Band I Ever Had” (1977/2002]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 29:47 minutes | Scans included | 1,2 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 679 MB
Audio Fidelity SACD # AFZ-003 | Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Kevin’s Grey Acoustech Mastering
Although the title of this reissue is not necessarily accurate (Buddy Rich’s 1966 big band was a stronger unit), this is a high-quality jazz album. Rich surprisingly does not solo much (just on Chick Corea’s “Fiesta”) but the material is strong, the arrangements (by Mike Abene, Frank Perowsky, Tom Boros, Barry Keiner and Barry Mintzer) are colorful, and the soloists are excellent. The 15-piece Buddy Rich big band features Steve Marcus on tenor and soprano, Gary Pribek on tenor, pianist Barry Keiner and trumpeter Dean Pratt and the songs include inventive versions of “Birdland,” “Bouncin’ with Bud” and Horace Silver’s “Cape Verdean Blues”. Recommended.
02. Bouncin’ With Bud
03. Cape Verdean Blues
05. Funk City Ola
SACD Mastering by Steve Hoffman at Kevin’s Grey Acoustech Mastering, Camarillo, CA.