Buddy Rich – Best Coast – 14 July 1978 • World of Jazz

Arguably the greatest drummer of all time, the legendary Buddy Rich exhibited his love for music through a dedication of his life to the art. His career spanned seven decades, beginning when Rich was 18 months old and continuing until his death in 1987. Immensively gifted, Rich could play with remarkable speed and dexterity despite the fact that he never received a formal lesson and refused to practise outside his performances. In this 1978 concert, with maybe his best band ever, he shows how unique he is as a performer and bandleader. The show was recorded in 1978 during the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Congresgebouw, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Line up: Buddy Rich (Drums), Tom Warrington (Bass Guitar), Bob Kaye (Piano), John Marshall, Mike McGovern, Mark Ohlsen, Chuck Schmidt (Trumpets), Dale Kirkland, Glenn Franke, George Moran (Trombones), Steve Marcus, Gary Pribeck, Chuck Wilson, Andy Fusco, Greg Smith (Saxes)