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Birdland: Unreleased Live Album By Buddy Rich To Be Released May 2015

Article by Sean Mitchell // April 08 2015
Birdland: Unreleased Live Album By Buddy Rich To Be Released May 2015

Lightyear Entertainment and Lobitos Creek Ranch, in association with Scabeba Entertainment and the Buddy Rich Estate, have announced the release of a new live album featuring Buddy Rich and his Killer Force Band at the peak of their performing years. 

This rare, previously unreleased, and all original production was recorded with Buddy's permission by bandmate Alan Gauvin, who has also now mixed and edited the project together. The album was mastered by Tom Swift, and will be released May 26 through Caroline Distribution, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, on the Lightyear/Lobitos Creek label. 

The Birdland album is seen in the Academy Award winning film Whiplash, in the hands of the young star Miles Teller, who plays an extraordinary drummer who idolizes Buddy Rich. 

The digital version of Birdland (available on Amazon and iTunes) was rush released worldwide on February 24 to coincide with the Oscars airing and is already the most downloaded Buddy Rich album in recent history after just a few weeks. A vinyl LP of Birdland is scheduled for a June 23rd release. 

Lightyear, Lobitos Creek, and Scabeba have previously teamed to release two successful DVDs, The Lost Tapes and The Channel One Suite, and two previous live CDs featuring Buddy and his band: Time Out and No Funny Hats. In addition, in 2014, Lightyear/Lobitos released The Solos, which was comprised purely of Buddy Rich drum solos, and culled from his performances in 1976 and 1977, at the peak of his power and versatility. The album showcases nine of his premiere solo performances, recorded while on worldwide tour with his band. All of the DVDs and CDs are available through Caroline/UMG. 

"Birdland is probably the best Buddy Rich album we've released," said Arnie Holland, CEO of Lightyear. "And we are grateful to Whiplash for stimulating so much interest in Buddy and big-band jazz drumming in general." 

Cathy Rich, CEO of Scabeba Entertainment and Buddy's daughter, who authorized the release, was a consultant on the Whiplash film. She is currently on tour with her Buddy Rich Band.  

Distribution of the CD and Vinyl of Birdland in the UK and Europe will be through Wienerworld Ltd.

 

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Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.



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