History has it that nothing brought Gene Krupa more pleasure than making this new recording. And his pleasure is clearly discernible on both sides of the album. It begins with Let Me Off Uptown, a witty dialogue between voices and trumpet, and ends with After You’ve Gone, a number hard to be equalled. In between are ten numbers in which Gene beats his heart out on the drums, Roy shines out on his brilliant trumpet, and Anita with her deep voice drags behind the beat with wonderful timing.
Big-band jazz at its very best, not in the least dull or outdated, performed not by veterans but by mature experts – that is what you get a dozen times over with this disc: twelve numbers, well-known for many, many years, but all given a new look.
Leave Us Leap
Wire Brush Stomp
That’s What You Think
After You’ve Gone