- Released: November 18, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 1.West Side Story
- 2.Love For Sale
- 5.Rotten Kid
- 6.Chelsea Bridge
- 7.Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
- 8.Channel 1 Suite
- 10.Groovin' Hard
Reissue producers: Bob Belden, Dean Pratt.
Recorded between 1966 and 1970.
All tracks have been digitally remastered by Bob Belden and Dean Pratt.
Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Herb Ellis, Barry Zweig, Richie Resnicoff (guitar); Don Menza (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Pete Yellin, Charles Owens (flute, alto saxophone); Gene Quill, Art Pepper (clarinet, alto saxophone); Marty Flax (clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jay Corre (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jimmy Mosher (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ernie Watts, Quinn Davis, Richie Cole , Joe Romano (alto saxophone); Robert Keller (tenor saxophone, percussion); Don Englert, Ron Fudoli (tenor saxophone); Meyer Hirsch (baritone saxophone, percussion); Joe Calo, John Laws (baritone saxophone); James Trimble (trumpet, percussion); Chuck Findley, John Madrid, George Zonce, Russell Iverson, Dave Culp, John Sottile, John Scottile, Nat Pavone, Bob Yance, Bill Prince, Yoshito Murakami, Al Porcino, Sal Marquez, Mike Price, Ollie Mitchell, Joe Giorgianni, Kenneth Faulk, Bobby Shew (trumpet); John Boice, Jack Spurlock, Vince Diaz, Tony Lada, Rick Stepton, Sam Burtis (trombone); Dennis Good, Mike Waverley, Don Switzer, Peter Graves (bass trombone); Joe Azarello, Russ Turner, Ray Starling, John Bunch (piano); Rick Laird , Gary Walters (electric bass).
Liner Note Author: Dean Pratt.
Recording information: 1966-1970.
Arrangers: Dick Grove; Don Menza; Don Piestrup; Pete Meyers; Arthur M. Wiggins; Allyn Ferguson; Phil Wilson; Bill Reddie.
The Best of Buddy Rich: The Pacific Jazz Years features 10 tracks culled from Rich's explosive years at Pacific Jazz. There are eight near-standards -- including "Groovin' Hard," "Love for Sale," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "Greensleeves" -- as well as two previously unreleased cuts: a live version of "Apples" recorded at the Chez Club in LA and an alternate take of "Diabolus." Although the compilation isn't definitive, it remains a good sampling of a short period of Rich's long, prolific career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine