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Buddy Rich And The Buddy Rich Big Band: Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival Dvd

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Hudson Music
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001M2C4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,867 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


This DVD Features Buddy And His Band At The Height Of Their Popularity And Influence. Featured Are Seven Arangements That Display Not Only Buddy Rich'S Virtuosity But His Unsurpassed Musicianship As Well. These Include A Rare Example Of Buddy On Brushes And A Brilliant Rendition Of His Signature Piece, The Medley From West Side Story.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shame it is so short. 16 Jan 2006
By Mark53
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The band cook (special note the soprano player) and Buddy is on top form (though he looks ancient) there are some great drum flourishes and 'west side story' is as usual stunning. It is a rollicking fifty minutes and there is a c.d of the gig as well. Why four stars because it is only sixty minutes, no extras and the sound is very trebly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Band at its Best 9 Dec 2012
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The Rich band at its best. Buddy himself solos magnificently and drives the band remorselessly. A brush solo is unusual but a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and instructional 10 Oct 2004
By Victoria Tarrani - Published on
Any drummer who wants to learn great technique or merely enjoy great drumming will appreciate this video. It showcases Buddy's technique across a full spectrum of sets, including brushwork on "Brushstokes".

One of the highlights of this DVD is a bonus sequence of "Green Dolphin Street" (from 1972) that has one of Buddy's classic solos. This sequence alone makes the DVD worth getting. An added bonus is the included soundtrack on CD that comes with the DVD.

For the drummer wanting to learn a few tricks this is one of the best viedos of Buddy because there is ample camera exposure on his playing. It's one thing to listen, but when you can see and listen it's a powerful combination for learning technique - and this video does just that.

Tracks include Hookin' It, Brush Strokes, If They Could See Me Now, Good News, West Side Story Medley, Carioca, Time Check, Green Dolphin Street.

If you are a Buddy Rich fan I also recommend getting the CD "Buddy Rich Collection" ASIN B00000DB1H, which is a remake of a 2-record set circa 1971.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic Drumming 4 Dec 2005
By Ronald K. Goodenow - Published on
I was originally going to give this four stars, with maybe a half knocked off because some of the band's arrangements were a bit ponderous and the video, which if clean and with good resolution, might be a tad better. But what the hell, forget all that stuff and just watch and listen to perhaps the greatest jazz drummer of all time at the height of his powers driving a band that looks just barely out of high school. It's hard to believe that the guy was 65 and only had five more years to live, getting cut down unexpectedly by a brain tumor. What knocked me over here is not the overall power of Buddy's drumming, but its delicacy (particularly some stunning brush work), which some superb camera work caught beautifully. And,yes, the sound is absolutely first rate.

I've mentioned that some of the arrangements seem a bit ponderous. Like Stan Kenton, who also kept a big band going during this period, there's a tendency towards a rock beat that is great on rhythm (good thing for a drummer!) and ensemble playing, and sometimes weak on melody line, what with lots of pieces all sounding somewhat alike. Fortunately, this album balances some of this with terrific swinging pieces, including Buddy's somewhat signature West Side Story one, and a terrific Carioca. And, the bonus of a much earlier Green Dolphin Street captures one incredible bit of drumming.

Buddy Rich was an original. This dvd (which I saw as demonstration for VHS over 20 years ago) is a big band treasure and Hudson is to be congratulated for bringing it out. I'm hoping that someone can find the tape of a PBS Tommy Dorsey special from about 18 years ago which featured Buddy, Mel Torme, Maureen McGovern, Buddy Morrow and Jack Jones. Buddy was at his best in one of his very last performances, and we got a hint of his work with one of the greatest of all big bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one for the ages 10 Oct 2005
By tones capone - Published on
Neil Peart, in his liner notes for the tribute "Burning for Buddy," quotes the influence of the man as thus: "genius is the fire that lights itself." I used this quote to describe Stanley Kubrick in my review of his DVD collection, and fittingly so, it accurately summarizes the talent of undoubtedly the greatest, most influential drummer of the 20th century. Being a percussionist myself for 28 years, it never ceases to amaze me the fluidity and effortless motions Buddy created with a simple, 4-piece kit, from the crossover techniques and double bass patterns on a single foot pedal, to the infamous "whipped cream roll," a lick that he learned from the New Orleans jazz cats of the '30s and '40s. Truly it is a joy and a sight to behold when this man sat behind the set and made magic.

I had the good fortune to witness one of his final performances in Orlando at the Lake Eola Jazz Festival in 1986, and was summarily disappointed, in getting within 15 feet of him at the end of the show, by his arrogance and bitter attitude towards his musicians and the general public. Most misunderstood geniuses tend to be left to their own devices in person, so I guess it's no shock to discover the perfectionist in him that unleashed its wrath that day. Nevertheless, no one can deny his greatness on the skins, and the signature show at the Montreal Jazz festival affirms this. the "Channel One Suite" will always be tied to his legacy, and he treats it on this night with precision and grace. Steve Marcus and the band are in top form as usual, yet they seem forced to give up the spots to Buddy when directed. Ah, the trials of being a sideman; the star always shines brightest on the one whose name signs the checks.

I hope to see the vaults opened up one day and a comprehensive disc put together of Buddy's numerous appearances on the Tonight Show, with Ed Shaugnessy (himself a drumming legend) just sitting in the background smiling and soaking it up. Until then, we'll just have to settle for gems like this. A must for anyone who appreciates a singular musician who created a revoultion for his instrument.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floored 7 Dec 2004
By Scott Reed - Published on
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This was the first time I'd seen Buddy Rich play the drums, sadly, 17 years after his death.

The man was just remarkable. What blinding speed and dexterity. Truly, he was from another world when it came to playing drums.

He was 65 years old when this concert took place! Amazing.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST EVER 7000 stars 13 Sep 2005
By Drummer - Published on
If you think that you can top buddy rich you're dead wrong!!! i've been a fan of buddy for a long time, and it doesnt get much better than this! his blinding speed combined with the BEST horn section to ever grace the music world makes this a MUST HAVE!!! not to mention that you get a cd of this concert. GET IT NOW!!!!
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