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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'The Lost Tapes'
Artist - Buddy Rich

For those not in the know, Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.

Indeed, he performed with many bandleaders, most notably Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie, and even led his own big band.

Rich also played for Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan as well as the Queen of England. He was a featured soloist with Boston Pops and London Philharmonic and was the recipient of a Grammy Presidents Merit Award.

In April 1985 — two years before his untimely passing — Buddy Rich and his band recorded a concert at One Pass Productions’ King Street Studio in San Francisco.

Thought to be destroyed in a fire and lost, Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes is a historic preservation and restoration project. The producers recovered the masters in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987.

1. "Mexicali Nose"
2. "Willowcrest"
3. "‘Round Midnight"
4. "Cotton Tail"
5. "New Blues"
6. "Tee Bag"
7. "The Red Snapper"
8. "West Side Story (Medley)"

From start to finish this live performance is a true joy to behold. Inclusive of such musically demanding chart hits as "Mexicali Nose, "Willowcrest, "The Red Snapper" and Bill Reddie's superlative arrangement of the "West Side Story (Medley)" - that includes two of Buddy's breathtaking extended drum solos - just hearing these alone would have been Heaven enough for me.

But there's so much more, of course, for Rich rounds out with Monk's "'Round Midnight", Ellington's "Cotton Tail", Don Piestrup's "New Blues", and even Mike Manieri's "Tee Bag". This last track being the actual last one ever to be performed by Buddy, pianist Bill Cunliffe and bassist Dave Carpenter.

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