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Buddy Rich and gang performed these tracks live at One Pass Productions' King
Street studio in San Francisco. The tapes were thought to be lost during a fire
at the facility they were stored.
About the Lost Tapes:
"In April 1985 — two years before his untimely passing — Buddy Rich and his
band recorded a concert at One Pass Productions' King Street Studio in San
Francisco using state-of-the-art equipment designed to capture the band "in a
typically 'live' . . . setting with natural acoustic balances and
three-dimensional imaging. The concert, the last one Buddy ever recorded for
video release, was divided into two nearly hour-long programs, the "Channel One
set and the "West Side Story set. "Channel One was distributed by Pioneer on
laser disc and Sony on VHS, but a far grimmer fate awaited "West Side Story. The
masters were stored at One Pass, which a few years later was sold to Editel. In
1990, when a fire swept through the Editel facility, the tapes were soaked in
water and presumably destroyed.
"Ten years later Steve Michelson, the owner of One Pass and executive producer
of the King Street session, and producer Gary Reber were working together on
another project when they began talking about the concert in '85 and musing
about how marvelous it would be if Buddy's last recording could somehow be
released on DVD. Michelson thought the master tapes had been lost in the fire,
but as it turned out, Reber had master and sub-master tapes stored away, along
with the U-Matic digital audio originals, a box of one-inch tapes with
behind-the-scenes footage, and Betamax tapes.
"Needless to say, everything was in wretched condition, and restoring the tapes
would be no walk in the park. But Michelson and Reber—with expert technical
help—set about doing it, painstakingly overhauling audio and video components,
then carefully combining them into a seamless whole The result, as you'll see
and hear on The Lost Tapes, is worthy of a Michelangelo or a Rembrandt. I've
heard far worse from tapes that hadn't been through a fire or submerged in
"Video and audio quality are in fact quite good, ... and the band—well, it's at
the peak of its game, as was any ensemble led by the incomparable Buddy Rich
(and it had better be—or else!). Buddy, of course, is the dynamo that fuels the
engine, but everyone else is up to the challenge in a concert that includes such
demanding charts as "Mexicali Nose, "Willowcrest, "The Red Snapper... Rounding
out the program are Monk's "'Round Midnight, Ellington's "Cotton Tail, and Don
Piestrup's "New Blues".
"The standout soloist is long-time Rich crew chief Steve Marcus... Marcus is a
marvel on tenor ("Nose, "Willowcrest, "Midnight, "Cotton Tail ) or soprano ("New
Blues ). Cunliffe is impressive too, as are Carpenter, trumpeter Paul Phillips,
alto Bob Bowlby ("Snapper ) and tenor Brian Sjoerdinga ("West Side Story )..."
- Jack Bowers, allaboutjazz.com, December 2005
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Steve Marcus, tenor/soprano
Mark Pinto, alto
Bob Bowlby, alto
Brian Sjoerdinga, tenor/flute
Jay Craig, baritone
Bill Cunliffe, piano
Dave Carpenter, electric bass
2. 'Round Midnight
3. Cotton Tail
4. New Blues
1. Mexicali Nose
2. The Red Snapper
3. West Side Story (Medley)