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This review is from: Big Swing Face (Audio CD)
I was bought this album in an old Cd/Dvd shop down a fashionable Glasgow West end alleyway, on one of my first trips to the city. The whole experience of finding such a gem in amongst so much clutter shouldn't really add to my high opinion of this record, but I'm a romantic. So it does.
But looking at the album purely for what it is.
Astounding. If only modern day musicians took such pride in their work. I speak generally of the mainstream charts of course and I'm in band myself. But just how tight these guys were back then boggles the mind. This is a live recording yet the clapping and cheers from the audience may aswell be canned and added post-recording cos the mix is perfect. The setlist is fantastic, and you really feel like you're being allowed a gimplse into one of the most spectacular music events ever. Its makes me want to smoke a cigerette and drink a JD. On the rocks. of course.
Buddy Rich was such a born leader, that when he sat at the kit the big band could do nothing except wait for Mr Rich to lead the way. Pounding jazz beats, cutting pronounced snare hits, amazingly fast playing, smooth and loud yet delicate and most of all Big and Brash! This album stirred something primeval in me and as a first venture into the rich world of Jazz is loaded with energetic and swinging songs, which as a drummer I adore. But as a music lover I list as one of my top 10 albums ever.
I also Recommned "Mercy, Mercy" but for the beginner, start here and hold onto your 1940's tophat