One of a kind drum virtuoso Buddy Rich recorded a number of albums for RCA during the 70s. Their quality ranged from the very good (Rich In London), to average (A Different Drummer and Plays And Plays And Plays), to the truly dreadful (Speak No Evil). I would add Stick It, recorded in 1972, to the second group of ratings it's a good, but not great Rich offering. Certainly, it does contain a number of Rich's trademark, high energy, go for broke arrangements. Space Shuttle and Best Coast (featuring Pat LaBarbera's roaring soprano), along with Buddy's take on George Harrisson's Something ( highlighted by Lin Biviano's stratospheric trumpeting), are all standout tracks. Unfortunately, Buddy's other foray into the pop realm, Paul McCartney's Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, fares less well. Rich, accompanied by guitarist Walt Namuth, sings Bein' Green proving conclusively that he made the correct choice back in the 50s when he contemplated giving up the drums for a career as a vocalist! Sonically, I found this CD reissue to be an improvement over the original vinyl recording which tended to be "muddy" and bass-heavy. * * *
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.