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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.

No Funny Hats features Rich along with Andy Fusco on alto sax, Steve Marcus on tenor sax, and pianist Bob Kay. The track list boasts “Grand Concourse,” “Bugle Call Rag,” “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “Slow Funk,” “Tales of Rhoda Rat,” and “West Side Story Suite.”

Buddy Rich: The Collector’s Edition features footage of a 1985 concert and of Rich’s final performance before his passing in 1987. The DVDs include commentary by Rich-admirers Dave Weckl and Steve Smith, as well as clips of Rich on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

For more information, visit Lightyear Entertainment at Buddy Rich: The Collector’s Edition will be distributed by music-education giants Hal Leonard. For those not willing to commit to the double-DVD set, both Channel One Suite and The Lost West Side Story Tapes are available individually.

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