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Album Review

Although drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich are pictured together on this CD's cover, they actually only play together on one selection, a lengthy "Bernie's Tune." The first five performances (with two songs apiece for Rich and Krupa) also feature short solos from trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, tenors Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet and pianist Oscar Peterson; Rich is reasonably restrained on his numbers but has his explosive moments. "Bernie's Tune" is far superior to the in-concert Rich/Krupa drum battles that were recorded at other times. The final two performances find Rich leading a different all-star group with consistently excellent solos from trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman and tenors Ben Webster and Frank Wess. This swinging set (which contains formerly rare recordings) is easily recommended to fans of straightahead and bop-oriented jazz.

Customer Reviews

Drummers Delight

As a 14 year drummer, I highly recommend this CD!! Very traditional style of playing. Lots of rolling sticking double stroke, triple stroke etc. All other musicians are top shelf as well. Although alot of the names are unknown to me being born in 75'. A Great recording also!! I diddn't know they could get such a good master in the 50's. Long songs with no lyrics make it excellent play along music. The songs don't drag unless intended, and are chocked full of trick and trinkets enough for any drummer. Whether you play or not, if you like appreciate great music buy this its worth every penny.

Drum Heaven!

This is great stuff. Krupa and Rich in their prime, surrounded by the best jazz musicians of the era. Buddy is so fast and full of ideas its hard to take it all in. Krupa, on the other hand is at his swingin' best. Gene displays great ideas and great execution. Its hard not to love this album and with the bonus cuts, its a no-brainer! But it.

And The Winner Is....

What a great album. Great musicians all around w/ Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, etc. Not just an insane drum battle with Buddy Rich's unbeatable stick speed and Krupa's bullying bass drum, but great music too. Many of the musicians on this album helped to change the course of music in their day and here they are just having fun.


Born: January 15, 1909 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

The first drummer to be a superstar, Gene Krupa may not have been the most advanced drummer of the 1930s but he was in some ways the most significant. Prior to Krupa, drum solos were a real rarity and the drums were thought of as a merely supportive instrument. With his good looks and colorful playing, he became a matinee idol and changed the image of drummers forever. Gene Krupa made history with his first record. For a session in 1927 with the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans, he became the first musician...
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