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Gene Krupa: Up An' Atom (CD: Proper)Gene Krupa: Up An' Atom (CD: Proper)
One of the original showmen in jazz, drummer Gene Krupa was already a star attraction with the Benny Goodman band of the 1930s but with his own band (from 1940 onwards), he achieved hit after hit, and his matinee idol looks helped him become a star. Taking in his work as a sideman and leader, this Proper Introduction gives you a a real flavour for Krupa's style, flair and talent. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £6.99 


Gene Krupa: The Gene Krupa Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
This 4 CD box set comprises of 99 tracks, yes 99, and a 32 page fully annotated & illustrated booklet, celebrating the life and times of the greatest drum idol the world has ever known - Gene Krupa. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 

Gene Krupa: The Gene Krupa Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Gene Krupa: Five Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Gene Krupa: Five Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents five classic Gene Krupa albums plus a scarce Japanese E.P. including original LP/EP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Gene Krupa Sextet Volumes #1, #2 & ‘3"; "The Gene Krupa Trio Collates"; "Hey…Here’s Gene Krupa"" & "Drum Boogie EP"

One of the hottest drummers in jazz history features in our latest classic album release! This time we have five classic albums plus a scarce Japanese EP- "Drum Boogie". We include all three volumes of "The Gene Krupa Sextet" series, two of which were arranged by band member Charlie Shavers. Joining Gene across these three albums are Ben Webster, Bill Harris, Teddy Wilson, Ray Brown and Eddie Davis. For "The Gene Krupa Trio Collates", Gene is joined by Charlie Ventura on tenor and Teddy Napoleon on piano. For "Hey…Here’s Gene Krupa", Gene is accompanied by Eddie Shu on tenor, clarinet and trumpet, Dave McKenna on piano and Wendell Marshall on bass. To quote from Leonard Feathers original liner notes from "Hey…"; "To sum up this album briefly one might point out that it combines tasteful choice of material, and inventive interpretation, with a quality all too rare in albums under the direction of drummers …..and not too common in jazz as a whole….complete discretion and consistent, good taste…..". We think this would apply to all our Gene Krupa selections! All five albums plus the E.P. have been digitally re-mastered. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 


Buddy Rich: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents three classic Buddy Rich albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "The Wailing Buddy Rich"; "The Swinging Buddy Rich; "Buddy And Sweets" and "This One’s For Basie"

Bernard "Buddy" Rich was born to show biz parents in Brooklyn in 1917. A natural drummer he was known in vaudeville as "Taps the Drum Wonder" and was leading his own band by the time he was eleven! Starting his jazz career in 1938 in Joe Marsala’s band he went on to play with the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw and Harry James. For the two 1955 "Wailing" sessions Buddy is joined by an array of jazz greats from Ben Webster, Thad Jones, Joe Newman and Frank Weiss to Oscar Peterson, Freddie Green, Harry Edison and Jimmy Rowles. In 1955 Buddy was "Wailing", two years earlier he was "Swinging", joined again by a stellar line up including Benny Carter, Harry Edison, George Auld, Milt Bonhart and Willie Smith. "This is jazz of the explosive variety topped off with a solo lasting upwards of three minutes (by "the greatest drummer of all time", according to Gene Krupa, and he should know!!). Having appeared in all of our early selections with Buddy, Harry Edison finally gets his name in lights for "Harry & Sweets". Jimmy Rowles hooks up again alongside Barney Kessel on guitar and John Simmons on bass. The result is "a very smooth, very musical slice of jazz". Our final selection finds Buddy paying tribute to one of the great jazz masters. "This One’s For Basie" features Buddy with a full orchestra performing arrangements by the legendary Marty Paich. A fine line up including Harry Edison, Pete Condoli and Buddy Collette do more than justice in a set that includes five Basie originals.

All three albums plus have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest ever sound quality! (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Buddy Rich: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich At JATP: The Drum Battle (CD: Verve)Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich At JATP: The Drum Battle (CD: Verve)
Though these drum giants would spar again and again in years to come, this 1952 Jazz at the Philharmonic concert is the show-stopping event that started it all. (Verve) 


Price:  £9.99 


Gene Krupa: Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements (CD: Verve- US Import)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Gene Krupa: Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements (CD: Verve- US Import)


Buddy Rich & His Orchestra: Play The Arrangements Of Marty Paich & Ernie Wilkins (CD: Jazz Beat)Buddy Rich & His Orchestra: Play The Arrangements Of Marty Paich & Ernie Wilkins (CD: Jazz Beat)
This release contains the first two big band LPs by Buddy Rich, in their entirety: “This One’s for Basie” (1956) with arrangements by Marty Paich, recorded in Los Angeles; and “Richcraft” (1959) with arrangements and conducting by Ernie Wilkins, recorded in New York. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Buddy Rich: Just Sings (CD: Jazz Beat)
The complete albums “Buddy Rich Just Sings” (1957) and “The Voice Is Rich” (1959), the first LPs in which Buddy Rich set aside his drums and limited himself exclusively to singing - with a warm and mellow voice. On the earlier album, Rich is accompanied by a fine line-up : Ben Webster, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Paul Smith, Howard Roberts, Joe Mondragon & Alvin Stoller; while on the second one, he was backed by The Harold "Hal" Mooney Orchestra, with arrangements by Mooney and Phil Moore. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Buddy Rich: Just Sings (CD: Jazz Beat)


Buddy Rich Quintet with Sonny Criss & Kenny Drew: The Cinch (CD: Spotlite)Buddy Rich Quintet with Sonny Criss & Kenny Drew: The Cinch (CD: Spotlite)
High-powered live dates from Birdland, November 1958, with the renowned drummer and the urgent, fiery alto of Sonny Criss.  


Price:  £8.99 


Buddy Rich: Swingin' New Big Band (CD: Pacific)
 


Price:  £8.99 

Buddy Rich: Swingin' New Big Band (CD: Pacific)


Buddy Rich Big Band: Big Swing Face (CD: Pacific)Buddy Rich Big Band: Big Swing Face (CD: Pacific)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Buddy Rich Big Band: Mercy, Mercy (CD: Pacific)
This CD reissue brings back the finest all-round recording by Buddy Rich's big band. The original version of "Channel 1 Suite" is a classic and contains tenor saxophonist Don Menza's most memorable solo, plus a couple of brilliant improvisations from the explosive drummer/leader. Another highlight is an inventive Phil Wilson arrangement of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," and even "Alfie" (a melodic feature for altoist Art Pepper) and "Ode to Billie Joe" come across well. In addition to the original LP program, three selections were released for the first time on this CD. "Chelsea Bridge" is particularly significant, for it showcases Pepper, who was making a brief comeback seven years before he finally returned to the scene. This spirited and often-exciting set is essential for any jazz collection. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £8.99 

Buddy Rich Big Band: Mercy, Mercy (CD: Pacific)


Buddy Rich: Birdland (CD: Lightyear/ Lobitos Creek Ranch/ Wienerworld)Buddy Rich: Birdland (CD: Lightyear/ Lobitos Creek Ranch/ Wienerworld)
This rare, previously unreleased and all-original production was recorded with Buddy’s permission by bandmate Alan Gauvin, who has also now mixed and edited the project together. The Birdland album is seen in Academy Award winning film Whiplash in the hands of the young star Miles Teller, who plays an extraordinary drummer who idolizes Buddy Rich. (Wienerworld) 


Price:  £13.99 


Buddy Rich: Birdland (Vinyl LP: Lightyear/ Lobitos Creek Ranch/ Wienerworld)
 


Price:  £18.99 

Buddy Rich: Birdland (Vinyl LP: Lightyear/ Lobitos Creek Ranch/ Wienerworld)


Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes (CD: Wienerworld)Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes (CD: Wienerworld)
In April 1985 - two years before his untimely passing - Buddy Rich and his band recorded a concert at One Pass Productions’ King Street Studio in San Francisco.

Thought to be destroyed in a fire and lost, Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes is a historic preservation and restoration project.

The producers recovered the masters in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987. (Wienerworld) 


Price:  £14.99 

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