Gene Krupa

The Original Drum Battle

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Despite its title and the fact that Buddy Rich is billed as co-leader, this LP only features Rich on one song, a drum battle with Gene Krupa that must have been much more exciting in-person than it is on record. Otherwise Krupa teams up with altoist Willie Smith and pianist Hank Jones for four standards (including "Flying Home" and "Drum Boogie"); one really misses the bass and gets a bit tired of Krupa pounding the bass drum. This set (all of which was recorded at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert) concludes with tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips being featured on "Perdido."