The Buddy Rich Big Band – Big Swing Face

I’m not going to pretend that I have anything to say about Buddy Rich that hasn’t been said by people that are much more talented and musically astute than I am. He’s easily in everyone’s list of top 10 drummers. I’ll just make some off the cuff comments. This is a fun album with a few songs that would have been modern in 1967. Norwegian Wood by the Beatles and The Beat Goes On by Sunny and Cher. The latter is performed on this album by Buddy’s daughter, Cathy, when she was 12. It’s a really fun performance. Overall the sonics are great. The engineering is wonderful. This is a very well recorded live album. Cathy’s singing and the drum solo in the final song (Bugle Call Rag) are worth the price of admission. 5/5

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