Butch Miles

Butch and Bucky: Lady Be Good

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Drummer Butch Miles threw everyone a curve in 1978 when he decided to feature himself as a vocalist, while sticking to accompanying himself playing brushes on a wooden microphone box. He wasn't alone, of course, as extraordinary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Tony Monte, and bassist Ronnie Naspo joined in the fun. Miles' vocal style is rather soft but swinging on this collection of standards, which includes "Oh Lady Be Good," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," and "The Lady's in Love With You." There are also a couple of instrumental improvisations: "Lady Luck," which gels so quickly one would think it was composed, and "She's a Basie Lady," a foot-tapping number very much in the Basie mold, which is only appropriate since Miles was Basie's drummer at the time of the recording session. This obscure LP will be somewhat difficult to locate due to the long-ago demise of Dreamstreet; Miles' timekeeping is solid, but the primary reason to acquire it is the sensational playing of Bucky Pizzarelli.