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Great Performances #3: Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich Drum Battle

Here are two jazz drumming legends on the same stage. Gene Krupa was most well-known as the set player for the Benny Goodman orchestra. Buddy Rich is considered by many to be the world's greatest (and notorious) drummer. I have heard stories from two fellas that toured with Rich for a short time about his amazing ability matched with a "fiery" temper (meaning if you played too many wrong notes, he'd fire you from his band on the spot). Appearing here on the Sammy Davis Show, both men demonstrate mastery of their instrument. Pay attention not only to Krupa's technique, but how his skill is so well-practiced that he has room left over in his mental faculties to show expression on his face as he improvises a performance. With Buddy, just sit back and be amazed by the speed, power, and accuracy. Enjoy.

Posted by ★ Owner on July 23, 2008 at 5:54 AM 3500 Views

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