“I love this record, maybe because it was my introduction to Buddy Rich. There’s a song on it called Time Check, and Buddy plays brilliantly on it. He’s always great, but he’s in such a special place on that song. I covered it with the original Buddy Rich big band on one of my DVDs. It has such a driving force.
“One thing that I like about this record is that it’s a little experimental: Buddy had electric guitars on it, some funk rhythms – he expanded his reach. But there’s some essential Buddy songs on it, too, like Nuttville. The way he controlled the band on that song was remarkable.
“Of all the albums on my list, this is probably the only one that’s truly focused on the drums. Buddy was the center of the music; everything kind of revolved around him, as it should have. He was an honest and true technical maestro.”