He was called the world's best drummer for many years and his style and technique has amazed musicians as well as the public. Buddy Rich "The Solos" is a collection of previously unreleased live performances that will be released in May 2014. The album is comprised of drum solos only from Rich's performances in 1976 and 1977. The solos were recorded while he was on a worldwide tour with his band. The CD features over 70 minutes of Buddy Rich energetically playing the drums.
Buddy Rich started his career in 1937 playing with Joe Marsala at the Hickory House in New York and a couple of years later he joined Tommy Dorsey's band. He went on to play with some of the greatest musicians of all time including: Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa. Rich performed for millions of fans and several world leaders such as the Queen of England, President Franklin Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan. He passed away in 1987 and left some fantastic music that the younger generation will get a chance to hear.
It has been said that Buddy Rich did not practice much on the drums. He just showed up and played. He was a tremendous talent. The nine drum solo recordings include: a performance in Toronto, Canada in 1977, Germany 1977, Disneyland 1976, Sacramento, California 1977, again Germany 1977, Binghampton, New York 1976, Orlando, Florida 1976, Montreal 1976 and the Boston Globe Jazz Fest in 1976. You can view a Buddy Rich performance by logging on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcEKAWZ1Nbk. The official Columbia/Legacy Buddy Rich website is http://www.buddyrich.com/legacy/home.php.