Tuesday Night Vinyl

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 result is an exciting series of challenges between the instrumentalists, with an emphasis on the skills of both leaders. Buddy Rich and Max Roach opened up all the stops in a friendly-but-furious contest.

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.”

Easy, right?

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.


About crazytigerrabbitman

I am a fat guy and always will be in the same way they say that “once an alcoholic; always an alcoholic”. Eventually I got upset about my poor health and ballooning body frame so I decided to change things for the better. Some people sign up for Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or whatever fad diet program it is that happens to be occupying the majority of air time on the boob tube. Other people prefer to run out and purchase the latest, fold away, piece of shit being hawked by some celebrity has-been. Me? I decided to take up triathlon. I had abused my body over the years with bacon cheeseburgers, pints of beer and double-dipped donuts, and the time had now come to abuse my body with physical exertion, perseverance and hard work instead; penitence in it's purest form. The time had come to kick my ass. I am Terry Nash and I am the “fat and the furious”.
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