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CategoryRock/Pop Albums, Jazz Instrument CDs, Live Performances, Bebop, Jazz

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Mercy, Mercy album for sale by Buddy Rich was released Apr 26, 2011 on the EMI Japan label. MERCY, MERCY has been entirely remixed and includes 3 previously unissued tracks. This CD reissue brings back the finest all-round recording by Buddy Rich's big band. The original version of "Channel 1 Suite" is a classic and contains tenor saxophonist Don Menza's most memorable solo, plus a couple of brilliant improvisations from the explosive drummer/leader. Another highlight is an inventive Phil Wilson arrangement of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and even "Alfie" (a melodic feature for altoist Art Pepper) and "Ode to Billie Joe" come across well.   ...See Full Description

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THE Desert Island Classic
This live recording, made by Buddy at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, has long been considered by many critics to be THE 5 Star recording of the Buddy Rich Big Band in the 60's. Known as "the Mercy Mercy Band", the strength of the band is obvious, with AL Porcino, legendary lead trumpeter, holding down the brass, with Don Menza, Art Pepper, and Pat LaBarbera in the sax section. The most notable track on this recording is the original Channel One Suite, written by Bill Reddie, which to my mind is Buddy's premier solo vehicle. I waited years for this to be available again. Buddy's press roll at the end is nothing short of astonishing. The original LP didn't have Chavala, Mr. Lucky, or Chelsea Bridge; Chavala, from the musical "Fiddler On The Roof" is notable for Buddy's snare drum technique and a brief solo spot by Pepper. If you're a drummer, put on headphones and listen to The Master at work. Chelsea Bridge is an earlier recorded version of the track made famous on an RCA rcording, and shows the development of a chart over time. Buddy and Art get into an interesting, albeit short, exchange on this one, with Art clearly showing the influence of, among others, John Coltrane in his playing. Mr. Lucky is a straight ahead big band swing chart, arranged by Phil Wilson, and featuring the incomparable tenor work of Menza. Don Piestrup, one of Buddy's favorite arrangers, contributed Goodbye Yesterday, and Menza steps in with Acid Truth, two of my favorites.The title track, Mercy Mercy, arranged by Phil Wilson, was written by Joe Zawinul, and made famous by Cannonball Adderley. Buddy thought it would make a great vehicle for the band, and I heartily agree. This CD is a must have for any big band jazz collector or student, along with Big Swing Face, one of Rich's previous releases on Pacifc Jazz. Absolutely essential for any serious jazz collection.
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I have had a 33 of Mercy, Mercy since March 1969, still in perfect condition, still so good. Buddy's technical execution and Don's solo in Channel 1 Suite still sets the standard.
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Mercy, Mercy songs Product Details

CD Universe Part number8465258
LabelEMI Japan
Orig Year1968
Catalog number0688580
Release DateApr 26, 2011
Additional InfoJapan
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