Friday, December 08, 2006

Buddy Rich - Time Being (1987)

Personnel includes: Buddy Rich (drums), Brian A. Grivna (alto saxophone, flute), Pat LaBarbera, Don Englert (tenor & soprano saxophone, flute), Joe Calo, Richard Centalonza (baritone & soprano saxophone, flute), Lin Bivano, Jeff Stout, Wayne Naus (trumpet), Bruce Paulson, Eric Culver (trombone), John Leys (bass trombone), Bob Peterson, Bob Dogan (piano), David Spinozza, Walt Namuth (guitar), Paul Kondziela, Bob Daugherty, Joel DiBartolo (bass), Candido Camero (congas, bongos), Phil Kraus (percussion).

1. Paul's Tune
2. Chelsea Bridge
3. Straight No Chaser
4. Dancing Men
5. Little Train
6. Two Bass Hit
7. Time Being
8. Best Coast
9. Space Shuttle
10. Sassy Strut

Tracks 1-3 recorded at RCA Studio C, New York on August 13 & 16, 1971. Originally released on A DIFFERENT DRUMMER. Tracks 4-7 recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Club, London, England on December 6-8, 1971. Originally released on RICH IN LONDON. Tracks 8-10 recorded at RCA Studio C, New York on August 10, 1972. Originally released on STICK IT.
TIME BEING shows the Buddy Rich Big Band in transition, reaching out to audiences attracted to the traditional big band style by such best-selling rock acts as Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Without really changing his style an iota, the great drummer delineates the connections between big beat and swing beat, while driving his brash, brassy band like a well-oiled sports car through such rave-ups as Dizzy Gillespie's "Two Bass Hit" and Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser," as well as more contemporary backbeat-oriented groovers like "Paul's Tune" and "Sassy Strut."


six-by-six said...

Anonymous said...

Great album, thanks! Could you please share Maynards Octet if possible?

Anonymous said...

There are other performers in this multi-venue album. The alto solo in "Chelsea Bridge" is Jimmy Mosher; it was his signature tune.

Thanks for sharing your musical tastes.

rickdog said...

By happenstance I saw Buddy 3 times in 3 months in 1975 while hitching along the west coast. The first was at Disneyland, he was playing an outside concert for the customers. A month later I was in Corvallis Oregon, I took a women I had just met to see him at a highschool auditorium. At intermission, I went into the boys locker room where he was recuperating to get an autograph. Two men were around him with towels drying him, he had his head down and looked like hell. Sweat was coming off his forehead in an solid, unbroken stream, I couldn't believe it. Next month after getting back home for college in North Dakota he played at our field house. I don't think there ever was a musician that put more physical energy into his work, he must have had an amazingly strong constitution to be able to do that until almost 70.