Personnel includes: Buddy Rich (drums); Gene Quill, Pete Yellin, Jay Corre (saxophone); Bobby Shew (trumpet); John Bunch (piano).
Recorded in September 1966.
The Blue Note reissue of SWINGIN' NEW BIG BAND includes eight previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Barry Zweig (guitar); Marty Flax, Jay Corre (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Pete Yellin (flute, alto saxophone); Gene Quill (clarinet, alto saxophone); Stephen Perlow (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); John Sottile, Walter Battegello, Yoshito Murakami, Bobby Shew (trumpet); John Boice, James Trimble (trombone); Dennis Good, Mike Waverley (bass trombone); John Bunch (piano).
Liner Note Authors: Leonard Feather; Stan Kenton; Dean Pratt.
Recording information: Chez Club, Hollywood, CA (09/29/1966-10/10/1966); RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, CA (09/29/1966-10/10/1966).
Photographer: Fred Felgio.
Arrangers: John Boice; Don Piestrup; Don Rader; Arthur M. Wiggins; Jay Corre; Oliver Nelson; Phil Wilson; Bill Holman; Bill Reddie.
1966 was a most illogical time for anyone to try forming a new big band but Buddy Rich beat the odds. This CD reissues the first album by the Buddy Rich Orchestra, augmenting the original Lp program with nine previously unissued performances from the same sessions. The arrangements (eight by Oliver Nelson along with charts by Bill Holman, Phil Wilson, Jay Corre, Don Rader and others) swing, put the emphasis on the ensembles and primarily feature Corre's tenor although trumpeter Bobby Shew, altoist Pete Yellin, pianist John Bunch and guitarist Barry Zweig are also heard from. Most of the songs did not stay in the drummer's repertoire long (other than Bill Reddie's adaptation of "West Side Story" and "Sister Sadie") and in fact only three members of the 17-piece orchestra would still be working for Rich a year later. An enjoyable and somewhat historic set. ~ Scott Yanow