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Unreleased Buddy Rich Surfaces on Lightyear

Buddy Rich was reportedly less than a joy to work for. The drummer and bandleader’s volatile temper and notorious ego are the stuff of pure jazz legend. Nonetheless, Rich’s legacy as arguably the greatest of jazz drummers never falters. Rich’s undeniable talents only garner more respect with each reissue and posthumous release.

On September 28, 2004, Lightyear Entertainment will release No Funny Hats, a previously unreleased recording of a 1978 Rich concert. Released in conjunction with the disc is Buddy Rich: The Collector’s Edition, a two-DVD set featuring The Lost West Side Story Tapes and Channel One Suite. Included with the films is a 16-page booklet featuring photos and other bits of Rich nostalgia.

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