"There's Buddy Rich and then there's everybody else." Mel Tormé
"This is big band gold dust: the last hurrah of Buddy Rich, truly one of a kind" Peter Vacher, Jazzwise ★★★★★
“Swing perfection.” Marc Myers,Jazz Wax
“Excellent.” Will Friedwald,The Wall Street Journal
Gearbox presents the final ever recording of the legendary, influential drummer Buddy Rich, whose impact across jazz, rock, funk and soul is unrivalled to this day. The performances took place over 2 nights, the 19th & 20th of November 1986, at Ronnie Scott’s in London, UK.
This is a vitally important release, it being the final ever recording of Rich. He was considered at the time to be the best drummer in the World and was still very much at the top of his game, as can be heard from the recording. Having remained unreleased for over 30 years, and following a labour of love from Rich's own family, the music can now finally be heard by the public.
Disc One: A1. Wind Machine A2. Night Blood A3. Ready Mix A4. The Trolley Song
B1. Winding Way B2. Harco Shuffle B3. Just In Time
Disc Two: C1. Loose C2. Love For Sale C3. Shawnee C4. Up Jumped Spring C5. Why Bother?
D1 Porgy and Bess D2 Twisted (feat. Cathy Rich)
Disc Three: E1. Good News Pt.1 (feat. Steve Marcus) E2. Good News Pt.2
Buddy Rich; drums Cathy Rich; vocals Matt Harris; piano Rob Amster; double bass Trumpets: Eric Miyashiro, Kevin Richardson, Greg Gisbert, Dana Watson Trombones: Rick Trager, Tom Garling, Jim Martin Saxophones: Bob Bowlby, Mike Rubino, Steve Marcus, Chris Bacas, Jay Craig