Buddy Rich formed his first big band in late 1945, and although it lasted for over two years, it never really caught on. It was in its beginning stages, having already made a few recordings, when it appeared at the Hollywood Palladium in March 1946. This collector's LP (imported from France) has two radio broadcasts from that engagement. Rich's outfit was boppish but grounded in swing and generally hard-driving. Most of the sidemen were fairly obscure (best known are trumpeter Tommy Allison, trombonist Earl Swope and arranger Johnny Mandel, who plays trombone in the ensembles), while vocals were taken by Dorothy Reid and Rich himself (on "The Frim Fram Sauce" and "It's About Time"). With charts by Jimmy Mundy, Eddie Finckel and Tadd Dameron, among others, the ensemble did have potential, making this LP worth picking up.
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