Two of the most extrovert personalities in post-WWII Jazz are master-drummer Buddy Rich and bootin' tenor sax star (and fellow New Yorker) Flip Phillips. Rich was a speed demon with an incredible technique and an ego to match. Phillips a take-no-prisoners firebrand and a Jazz At The Philharmonic superstar. The careers of both players crisscrossed on numerous occasions, but it was when they played together in small group settings that their partnership reached its zenith. Never more so than in the Quartet that Buddy took to The Dream Bar of Miami Beach's Johnina Hotel in 1957. This is a Swing-into-Bop masterclass that vividly captures the foursome close up and very personal. This release also includes an extremely rare session taped in an L.A. studio three years earlier when Buddy and Flip bookended the Oscar Peterson Trio to great effort. Cherry Red. 2008.