The Drum Battle

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This set was initially issued as the 15th instalment in Norman Grantz's Jazz at the Philharmonic series of LPs, EPs, and 45s. As that highly collectible compilation of performances has been out of print since the 1960s, many of the volumes were later issued under the respective artists' name. As the title would imply, Drum Battle: Jazz at the Philharmonic features the artistry of the Gene Krupa Trio with Buddy Rich drums sitting in on a few numbers as well as the inimitable jazz scat vocalizations of Ella Fitzgerald on a hot steppin' and definitive "Perdido." Opening the disc is Krupa's trio with Willie Smith alto sax and Hank Jones piano providing a solid and singularly...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This set was initially issued as the 15th instalment in Norman Grantz's Jazz at the Philharmonic series of LPs, EPs, and 45s. As that highly collectible compilation of performances has been out of print since the 1960s, many of the volumes were later issued under the respective artists' name. As the title would imply, Drum Battle: Jazz at the Philharmonic features the artistry of the Gene Krupa Trio with Buddy Rich drums sitting in on a few numbers as well as the inimitable jazz scat vocalizations of Ella Fitzgerald on a hot steppin' and definitive "Perdido." Opening the disc is Krupa's trio with Willie Smith alto sax and Hank Jones piano providing a solid and singularly swinging rhythm section. While Smith drives the band, Krupa is front and center with his antagonistic percussive prodding. "Idaho" is marked with Jones' rollicking post-bop mastery as he trades solos with Smith and can be heard quoting lines from Monk before yielding to Smith. The cover of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" sparkles from beginning to end. Jones' opening flourish sets the tenure as Smith settles into a smoky lead, containing some nice syncopation and regal augmentation from Jones. Krupa primarily provides ample rhythm work on the emotive ballad. Smith's diversion into "Stormy Weather" is notable for exemplifying the lyrically improvisational nature of this combo. The tempo is significantly stepped up on a cover of Benny Goodman's "Flying Home," which is full of high-spirited playing and garners a sizable reaction from the audience. The lengthy "Drum Boogie" is one of Krupa's signature pieces and is greeted with tremendous enthusiasm. Buddy Rich climbs on board for a one-on-one duel with Krupa, whose styles mesh into a mile-a-minute wash of profound percussion. The duet segues into an inspired and free-form jam on "Perdido," with Fitzgerald belting out her lines with authority, class, and most of all, soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1999
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455981025
  • Catalog Number: 559810
  • Sales rank: 64,796

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:43)
  2. 2 Idaho (6:46)
  3. 3 Sophisticated Lady (4:39)
  4. 4 Flying Home (5:56)
  5. 5 Drum Boogie (9:04)
  6. 6 The Drum Battle (3:36)
  7. 7 Perdido - Buddy Rich (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Krupa Primary Artist, Drums
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Hank Jones Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Gene Krupa Composer
Buddy Rich Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Ben Young Reissue Restoration, Reissue Research
Tom Greenwood Reissue Producer
Sung Lee Reissue Design
Suzanne White Reissue Design Coordinator
Sydney Robin Composer
Carlos Kase Reissue Production Assistance
Sid Robin Composer
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