Buddy Rich: At the Top

Buddy Rich

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.

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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.


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