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on 11 September 2006
I can imagine that many people who buy this CD end up slightly disappointed. This is not, however, a reflection on the quality of this album's music, but rather the fault of Verve records for selling it purely on the strength of the 'drum battle' between Krupa and Rich - two of the greatest drummers to ever grace the jazz world - which itself is a little underwhelming. In fact, most of this CD is taken up by tracks from the Gene Krupa trio, which may leave Buddy Rich fans feeling somewhat left out. Nevertheless, these tracks are incredibly exciting to listen to, with Krupa driving the band along beautifuly, and both other musicians playing well structured and brilliant solos. 'Idaho' and 'Flying Home' are particular highlights, although the band does struggle to keep the nine minute version of 'Drum Boogie' interesting throughout.

As to the famous drum battle itself, it is very exciting, with the crowd providing an electric atmosphere. However, it really doesn't do either drummer full justice, and for that reason this CD can only get four stars.

In short, then, this is a great album for people interested in Krupa's small combos of the 1950's (of which there are relatively few recordings available) but for a Krupa-Rich duet, I'd have to recomend the 'Krupa and Rich' CD, a studio recording, also on the verve label.
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on 28 January 2015
This isn't quite as good as I was expecting but it isn't bad either the drum battle was te best bit I noticed a distinct lack of any bass at all And some of the tracks just kind of felt like they were there to fill a hole so that the drum battle itself could be made in to an album rather than a single.

Still not bad bet to buy it cheap and listen for yourself
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on 1 October 2014
Whilst advertised as a drum battle, I wasn't very impressed with the "battle" bit. I have heard better drumming fro Gilson Lavis of the Jools Holland Big Band.
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on 15 May 2013
Great sounds, great drummers from the past - they were great jazz musicians of my day. Miss them all but here is an opportunity to hear it all again.
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on 11 May 2010
My grandad used to play this to my brother and I, being a semi-professional drummer himself during his youth, his appreciation of this classic work of art was infectious; my brother and I, now (nearly) middle aged, both with families and children had the opportunity to spend some time together recently. Driving down country roads of our youth, windows down and the Drum Battle at full volume in our rent-a-car was a moment of pure nostalgic pleasure.
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on 22 June 2016
Great music from great musicians. The music from the trio is exceptional. Coulnt find a single song which I did not like.
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on 5 November 2014
Not sure what I was expecting from this but it shows how drum solo's used to be performed
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on 31 October 2014
BOUGHT FOR MY 8 YR OLD DRUM MAD GRANDSON-LOVED IT!
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on 11 January 2015
aspiring drummers; listen to the 'fils'
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on 10 April 2016
Loved it thank you
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