Color me GREEN with envy!I have the "Rich vs Krupa" CD and although it's from an earlier era, I like that one. Just hearing Buddy and Gene both, just laying it down was more inspirational than hearing him display his incredible chops. The Roar of '74 is a good one too, and that has Tony Levin on bass!
Not to brag, but I feel like I'm extremely lucky in this sense because when I was a child, and when both the Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson big bands would come to Disneyland to play at the carnation Plaza Stage every year (when Disney used to hire name entertainment), mom and dad would always take us out there to see them live. To see that in your pre-teen years was very cool - I got to see an entire thinking band on it's feet and every record I ever heard after that just paled in comparison. It's good that there are recordings and videos out there, but the physicality and pure muscle of those bands in action was scary!