Buddy Rich recorded precious few vocal sessions, but this collection of Johnny Mercer-penned songs reveals a singer of considerable appeal. While by no means an accomplished stylist, Rich nevertheless boasts an energy and sincerity closely aligned with his legendary drumming prowess. Arranged by the underrated Buddy Bregman, Buddy Rich Sings Johnny Mercer sharply underscores Rich's strengths behind the microphone. Songs like "Day in, Day Out" and "One for My Baby" possess a world-weary honesty perfectly matched to his earthy approach. And to say the record swings is an understatement. Buddy Rich the accompanist never fails Buddy Rich the crooner, contributing the dynamic rhythms one expects anytime his name looms above the title.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny