Buddy Rich

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Three of the eight selections on this LP have been reissued on the sampler CD Time Being, but since the program is quite strong, the album is also recommended. One of the better recordings by Buddy Rich & His Big Band, this has more than its share of highlights, including a ballad feature for altoist Joe Romano ("God Bless the Child"), several notable spots for Pat LaBarbera (on tenor and soprano), some high-note trumpet by Lin Biviano on "Something," a strong rendition of "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," and a surprise: a version of the Muppets' "Bein' Green" with Rich taking a surprisingly charming vocal while backed only by guitarist Walt Namuth.

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