Buddy Rich

Mr. Drums: Live on King Street, San Francisco

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Drummer Buddy Rich's final recording (he would pass away exactly two years from the day before this recording took place) does a superb job of summing up the career of his big band. This three-LP set, all recorded during a gig in San Francisco, serves as a fine retrospective, with the highlights including remakes of "One O'Clock Jump," "Love for Sale," "Mexicali Nose," "Cotton Tail," "New Blues," Channel One Suite" and the famous "West Side Story Medley." Steve Marcus (on tenor and soprano) is the main soloist, although there are also significant spots for pianist Bill Cunliffe, trombonist Scott Bliege, trumpeter Paul Phillips and the still-incredible drummer. This out-of-print three-fer (put out by the audiophile Mobile Fidelity label) is definitely worth searching for and is a perfect ending to Buddy Rich's remarkable career.

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