All ‘action – no gimmicks’
CD: Buddy Rich – No Funny Hats
The title to this live performance by the great jazz drummer and his band is taken from a brief introduction in which he explains the philosophy behind his music – no gimmicks, just straight-ahead action.
The 1978 concert recording is an eloquent exhibition of what Buddy Rich did best – drive a big-band sound from behind his kit.
Here leading a mighty outfit aptly named The Killer Force Band, Buddy’s all-out stick work and ferocious soloing really power what are in the main some fast and furious proceedings.
The show taped at a high school in Sacramento, California includes renditions of ‘Bugle Call Rag’ and ‘Someday My Prince Will Come’ – and a ‘West Side Story’ suite.