Buddy Rich – Keep the Customer Satisfied
When youth had turned to disco in the 1970, Buddy Rich helped keep the big band sound alive. Keep the Customer Satisfied was recorded live in Las Vegas, in the early hours of the morning, and shows Buddy and his band at their best.
The album comprises big band jazz arrangements of familiar tunes – necessary, I would imagine, to ‘keep the customer satisfied’ – along with tunes written specifically for big band. And this is where my interest lies, particularly with a composition by Don Piestrup entitled Long Day’s Journey. The driving force behind this track alone, with Richie Cole soloing on alto and George Zonce on trumpet, makes the album worth owning.
Buddy Rich continued drumming until shortly before his death in 1987. He died of heart failure at the age 69, but not before he had left an indelible mark on jazz and drumming technique, plain to here is this recording.