Since the below video was taken in Cologne’s Sartory Saal (where I heard the WDR Big Band for the very first time when I began my jazz studies in March 1985), it’s a great pleasure for me to update this article from November 2011.
Here we go with Buddy Rich & His Orchestra and the fabulous “West Side Story Medley”, one of the timeless big band warhorses he was sporting since 1966.
It first came out on the album Swingin’ New Big Band (Pacific Records).
— Bulk —
— Here now the old article, enhanced with some more shots, taken ‘live’ from the TV screen:
This is the gigantic Buddy Rich, the monster, the only drummer who was victorious — ehm, musically perhaps? — over Animal from the Muppets.
Watch his sidemen how they look at him in wonderment!
I saw him doing that powerhouse solo live on TV in November 1984 and took some screenshots in black and white. Posted all of them here.
Have fun watching him doing his tricks with the sticks.
Go Buddy, go!
P.S. — This great event happened in 1979; it shows… well, enjoy!
Another P.S. which let me update and again repost this article —
Here comes the original “Rattle And Roll” from 1945, misdated above by Buddy Rich:
And here are the discographical details plus the discs where you can find the track:
John Best, Billy Butterfield, Conrad Gozzo, Bernie Privin (trumpet) Earl LeFave, Chauncey Welsch, Kai Winding (trombone) Benny Goodman (clarinet) Gerald Sanfino, Bill Shine (alto saxophone) Stan Getz, Peanuts Hucko (tenor saxophone) Danny Bank (baritone saxophone) Mel Powell (piano) Mike Bryan (guitar) Barney Spieler (bass) Buddy Rich (drums)
|CO35523||Rattle And Roll||Columbia 36988; Fontana (E) TFL 5067; Nostalgia Book Club P3.13618|
* Fontana (E) TFL 5067 Benny Goodman – All The Cats Join In For A Goodman Party
* Nostalgia Book Club P3.13618 Various Artists – Rare Big Band Gems 1932-1947
* Columbia 36988 Benny Goodman – Rattle And Roll b/w On The Alamo