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Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies


  • 1. Nutville
    2. Norwegian Wood
    3. New Blues
    4. Airegin
    5. How Do You Keep the Music Playing
    6. You Stepped Out of a Dream
    7. Moments Notice
    8. Cool
    9. Ya Gotta Try
    10. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4006

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Smith
    Engineer

    Personnel: Steve Smith (drums); Steve Marcus (soprano & tenor saxophones); Andy Fusco (alto saxophone); Lee Musiker (piano); Anthony Jackson (bass).
    Although there have been many tributes to the late Buddy Rich, few have truly captured the explosive energy of the master drummer. Steve Smith, one of the most gifted all-around drummers in the world, admirably accepts the challenge presented by Rich's repertoire. He is joined by various past members of Rich's band, including Anthony Jackson, Lee Musiker, and Steve Marcus in an intimate small group, a setting in which Rich was a master. The result is a powerful performance that allows Smith to reveal his stunning technique and master musicianship while paying tribute to the greatest of them all.
    The blistering opener, "Nutville" is a raucous Latin/swing romp that sets up jaw-dropping solo spots by Marcus, Musiker, and Smith, the last of whom plays a smoking cadenza. Other Rich cuts include the Lennon/McCartney masterpiece "Norwegian Wood," here taken as a loping waltz; a steaming Afro-Cuban/swing reading of "Airegin"; and an intricate arrangement of Berstein's "Cool." Throughout, Smith effectively drives and guides the music with his trademark power and precision, producing one remarkable performance after another. The closing barnburner, "Ya Gotta Try," a favorite among Rich fans, is a fitting end to one of the most successful tributes to Rich's spirit yet.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (2/00, p.73) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...a spotlight on some excellent and underappreciated players....pays tribute to Buddy Rich's small combo sessions and makes the best case so far for the durability of the protean drummer's music..."
    JazzTimes (5/00, pp.167-8) - "...A powerhouse unit, especially when driven by Smith's [Buddy] Rich-like drumming....serving notice that the technical and emotional lessons learned from Rich remain strongly motivational. This one will blow you away..."
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