On this 1955 album, instead of performing a drum battle as they'd previously done on Jazz At The Philharmonic tours, the two virtuosos complement each other's playing, combining their efforts in a very musical album featuring trumpet greats Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie, tenor giants Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet, and a rhythm section consisting of Ray Brown and Herb Ellis. Rich shows off his facile abilities on "Buddy's Blues," and Krupa displays his fine stick work on "Gene's Blues."
Recorded in New York on May 16 and November 1, 1955.
Includes 2 bonus tracks that did not appear on the original album.
Personnel: Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich (drums); Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Thad Jones, Joe Newman (trumpet); Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Ben Webster, Frank Wess (tenor saxophone); Oscar Peterson (piano); Freddie Green, Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown (bass).
Overall, KRUPA & RICH is a truly enjoyable listen, whose interest extends beyond the purely percussive. Rich's obituaries claim that this album was one of his three favorite records, and Krupa extols it as well, in Leonard Feather's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ.