Recorded at The Top of the Plaza in Rochester New York on February 6 1973, remains one of the most sought-after and influential shows ever recorded by Buddy. Syndicated by PBS in that year, it was the first time thousands of drummers had been exposed to Buddy in a full length concert setting, and many drummers continue to name this program as a primary influence on their own playing.
34 Track rock compilation double CD from Swedish Label Absolute.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony offer the world-premiere recording of John Adams’ Absolute Jest, commissioned by the orchestra, alongside the composer’s Grand Pianola Music, another SFS commission from 30 years earlier, conducted here by the composer. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’s Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music. Hear Adams’s inspired and witty take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in this first-ever recording of his SFS- commissioned Absolute Jest. Also featured is Grand Pianola Music, with its tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, written for and premiered by the SFS. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time: John Adams, MTT, and the SFS.