Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Pat LaBarbara, Don Englert (soprano & tenor saxophones, flute); Jimmy Mosher, Richie Cole (alto saxophone, flute); Bob Suchoski (baritone saxophone); Joe Giorgiani, John Madrid, Mike Price, George Zonce (trumpet); Rick Stepton, Tony Lada (trombone); Larry Fisher (bass trombone); Mickey McClain (piano, organ); Rick Laird (electric bass).
Producer: Richard Bock.
Reissue producers: Bob Belden, Dean Pratt.
Principally recorded live at the Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada from March 30-April 1, 1970. Originally released on Liberty (11006). Includes liner notes by Paul Werth.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Don Englert (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jimmy Mosher, Richie Cole (flute, alto saxophone); John Madrid, George Zonce, Mike Price (trumpet); Tony Lada, Rick Stepton (trombone).
Audio Mixers: Joel Moss ; Bob Belden.
Liner Note Author: Paul Wertheimer.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (03/30/1970-04/??/1970); Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, NV (03/30/1970-04/??/1970).
Photographer: Ron Waller.
Arrangers: Don Menza; Don Piestrup; Michael Hughes; Joe Sample; Roger Neuman; Ted Pease; Bill Holman.
The inclusion of the Paul Simon title cut (which is pretty catchy) and an 11-minute, four-song "Midnight Cowboy Medley" may make one think that this is a fairly commercial Buddy Rich big-band disc. But the arrangements are by Bill Holman, Don Piestrup and Roger Neumann; the other songs are originals by the trio, and among the soloists are altoists Richie Cole and Jim Mosher, trombonist Rick Stepton, trumpeter George Zonce and tenorman Pat Labarbara. In other words, the music on this album is on a higher level than one might think. Recorded live at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, this disc is recommended just to hear Buddy Rich drive the ensembles. ~ Scott Yanow