Buddy Rich: At the Top

Recorded at the Top of the Plaza in Rochester, New York on February 6, 1973, this remains one of the most sought-after and influential shows ever recorded by Buddy.

Buddy was in top form, roaring on definitive versions of the legendary Love For Sale, Time Check, Norwegian Wood, Basically Blues and West Side Story.

Tracks Include:

  • Love For Sale
  • Norwegian Wood
  • One for My Baby (comedy routine)
  • Time Check
  • Basically Blues
  • Uncle Albert
  • Admiral Halsey
  • What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life
  • West Side Story Medley

Includes an unbelievable, unaccompanied drum solo not seen since its broadcast in May of 1978.For any number of reasons, Buddy disbanded the big band he had been leading since 1966, with its last engagement being at Jimmy’s in early 1974. He scaled down to a sextet, and at the same time, lent his name to a new, New York city nightspot called”Buddy’s Place.” Now a New York city resident, Rich appeared on virtually every New York-based television program promoting \his\ club and the sextet. This included appearances on “I’ve Got A Secret” (where he played drums upside down), guest-hosting the \Dick Cavett\ program, and appearing as both panelist, and in this case, “Mystery Guest,” on “What’s My Line?”.

Buddy was always relaxed during his many concerts at Disneyland though the years. He was close to home, he could settle in for about a weeks’ stay in one place, and the Disney crowds were always young and enthusiastic. By the mid-1980s, his solos had often become predictable, and Buddy would be the first to tell you that he didn’t like soloing anyway. But, he knew what the fans were waiting for and always gave them their monies’ worth.In this 1984 solo, however, Buddy Rich is as technically astounding as ever, and more importantly, consistently fresh, surprising and inventive.

About Buddy Rich

Arguably the greatest jazz drummer of all time, the legendary Buddy Rich exhibited his love for music through the dedication of his life to the art. His was a career that spanned seven decades, beginning when Rich was 18 months old and continuing until his death in 1987. Immensely gifted, Rich could play with remarkable speed and dexterity despite the fact that he never received a formal lesson and refused to practice outside of his performances.

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