When I was at college my father took me to see Buddy Rich and his Big Band in South London (and they really were the bees knees). Consequently, when I learned about this album from reading Neil Peart's books and being a fan of both Buddy Rich and Neil Peart, I'd thought I'd check it out. What a fabulous album! All the drummers play brilliantly, and more importantly, FOR THE SONG and the Big Band themselves are excellent and very tight. Highly recommended.
This is an outstanding tribute to one of the worlds most amazing drummers, performers of any sort really. Buddy Rich was a legend in the jazz world and deservedly so. His music was driven and muscular, possibly too much for some folks tastes, but never less than demanding of perfection from all involved.
Neil Peart, the drummer for Rush, was always a big fan and decided to get a load of his fellow drummers to contribute to this albums of covers with a difference. The difference was that the band on all of the recordings was the Buddy Rich band and only the drummer providing the impetus was changed across the album. This use of the original band was a great one as they knew how to wring every last beat out of the tunes and this leaving it possible to compare each of the drummers input as the album progresses.
Such outstanding musicians as Bill Bruford, Steve Ferrone, Simon Phillips, Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Joe Morello, Max Roach, Billy Cobham and others all help whip up a storm of adrenaline laced jazz played like a rock band.
I was lucky enough to see Buddy play a gig in Sheffield not too long before he died and to this day it stands out as one of the best concerts I've ever seen. This tribute does the great man justice with standout performances from Simon Phillips, Steve Gadd and Billy Cobham - buy it and then buy the follow up!