With his reputation for slamming rock, Kenny was a revelation on the Neil Peart produced collection of Buddy Rich Band favourites, reinterpreted by today’s greatest drummers.
Kenny Aronoff says:
“Cathy Rich suggested I do something rock-oriented, but I played pretty intense jazz as a kid so I chose Big Swing Face. It’s more difficult than it sounds, you have to swing the way Fred Astaire danced!”
“For three weeks before the session I was recording in Nashville, LA and Montreal, [playing] country and heavy rock with Cinderella. I arrive thinking, ‘why am I doing this? I’m so tired’.”
“The band’s arrangement was different from mine, so it was intimidating: we do four takes of Big Swing Face, and I’m almost there and they say, ‘that’s it, it’s fine. So now it’s Straight No Chaser’ – I hadn’t memorised it, but the adrenaline takes over and I’m thinking, ‘just keep reading, and don’t get in the way of who’s playing!’”
“I got lucky; it flowed and I had that nice end solo. I just kept thinking about the spirit of Buddy.”