I successfully completed my training day and even zipped into St. Catharines to get Lucille all kitted out with another slick-looking bottle holder for our second 180k Ironman simulation ride this Saturday. So after a dinner of sausage and corn-on-the-cob, I’m tucking into one chapter of my book and this ‘Rich Versus Roach‘ album.
This was another 20-Mod Retro Shop purchase a few weeks back.
As the title suggests, this album (recorded and released over the span of two days in 1959) features two the the preeminent drummers of the day – Buddy Rich and Max Roach – squaring off against one another with their respective bands of the time.
The description on the back of the album cover says it all:
“The idea behind this album was a simple one. Take the five-piece group led by two of the greatest drummers in jazz, put them face to face in a recording studio, provide them with arrangements for ensemble choruses, then let them blow.”
I mean, seriously…look at these two on the front cover! It’s like the classic Ali vs. Foreman “Rumble In the Jungle”, but with dudes in suits and wielding drum sticks.
Knowing Buddy’s famous temper, however, this probably really was a battle of the drummers! Apart from being a drum-heavy set, though, the album’s actually got a bunch of hip players – including Julian Prietser, Tommy Turrentine, and Stanley Turrentine from Max’s group, the three of whom keep things strong when called upon to solo. Tracks include ‘Sleep‘, ‘The Casbah‘, ‘Limehouse Blues‘, and ‘Big Foot‘.
time now to settle down to watch ‘Hidden Figures‘ with Kelly before hitting the sack.