Album: Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich
Artist: The Buddy Rich Big Band feat. Steve Marcus
1994 Atlantic Recording Corporation
CD: 7567-82699-2

The Buddy Rich Big Band (solos indicated in parentheses)
Saxophones: Andy Fusco (3, 8, 13, 16), Dave D'Angelo, Steve Marcus (1-7, 11, 12, 16, 17), Walt Weiskopf (8, 10, 17), Jack Stuckey
Trombones: John Mosca (1, 8), Rick Trager (16), George Gesslein
Trumpets: Dave Stahl, Ross Konikoff, Greg Gisbert (11), Scott Wendholt (3, 5, 6, 8)
Bass: Chuck Bergeron (11)
Piano: Jon Werking (5, 8)

Additional musicians:
Trumpet: Bob Millikan, Craig Johnson, Dan Collette, Mike Ponella, Joe Magnarelli, Tony Kadleck
Tenor sax/flute: Gary Keller
Guitar: John Hart, Chuck Loeb, Bill Beaudoin

Simon Phillips (1)
Dave Weckl (2)
Steve Gadd (3)
Matt Sorum (4)
Steve Smith (5)
Neil Peart (6)
Manu Katché (7)
Bill Cobham (8)
Max Roach (9, 15)
Rod Morgenstein (10)
Kenny Aronoff (11)
Omar Hakim (12)
Ed Shaughnessy (13)
Joe Morello (14)
Bill Bruford (16)
Marvin "Smithy" Smith (17)
Steve Ferrone (18)

Mino Cinélu: percussion (7)
Jon Werking: keys (16)
Neil Peart: percussion (18)
Kenny Aronoff: percussion (18)

Produced by Neil Peart
Engineered by Paul Northfield
Executive production: Cathy Rich, Liam Birt
Recorded at the Power Station, New York City, May 1994
Assisted by Robert Smith, with Rich Alvy, Chris Albert
Mixed at Studio Morin Heights, Quebec, June 1994
Assisted by Simon Pressey, Don Hachey
Digital editing by Simon Pressey and "Sadie"

Mastered by Bob Ludwig
A&R: Cathy Rich, Steve Arnold

Art direction/design: Hugh Syme
Liner notes by Neil Peart
Archival photographs courtesy of the Rich family
Recording sessions photographs by Rob Wallis, Pail Siegel, Lissa Wales, Dan Thress

1. Dancing Men [John LaBarbera] (6:37)
2. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy [Joe Zawinul, arr. Phil Wilson] (5:09)
3. Love for Sale [Cole Porter, arr. Pete Myers] (4:30)
4. Beulah Witch [Don Menza, arr. Harold Wheeler] (4:28)
5. Nutville [Greg Hopkins, arr. Greg Hopkins] (5:09)
6. Cotton Tail [Duke Ellington, arr. LaBarbera] (4:36)
7. No Jive [Bob Mintzer, arr. Bob Mintzer] (5:46)
8. Milestones [Miles Davis] (5:03)
9. The Drum Also Waltzes Part One [Roach] (1:04)
10. Machine [Bill Reddie, arr. Bill Reddie] (3:46)
11. Straight No Chaser [Thelonius Monk, arr. LaBarbera] (3:39)
12. Slo-Funk [Mintzer, arr. Mintzer] (5:33)
13. Shawnee [Mike Barone, arr. Mike Barone] (3:06)
14. Drumorello [Morello] (3:11)
15. The Drum Also Waltzes Part Two [Roach] (0:44)
16. Lingo [Bruford, arr. C Batchelor] (4:31)
17. Ya Gotta Try [Sam Nestico] (3:18)
18. Pick Up the Pieces [Ball/Duncan/Gorrie/McIntosh/McIntyre/Stuart, arr. Arif Mardin] (5:38)

Notes: (*****) Burning for Buddy is an almost mythical release in prog circles as the only album involving Bill Bruford and Neil Peart collaborating (well, until Burning for Buddy Volume II was released). However, don't expect prog rock glory here: the music is firmly in a big band style. Great playing and great tunes make this a worthwhile album to track down. Most of the pieces on the album are drawn from the Buddy Rich Big Band's repertoire, with a scattering of originals.

A second volume, again with Bruford, was also released. (HP, 28 Aug 11; updated 5 Nov 2012)
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