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Gene Krupa – Drummer Man


It is highly likely that many of the twelve tracks on this LP will seem familiar. In the 30s and 40s, when Gene Krupa broke away from Benny Goodman and established his own big band, these numbers were heard daily. Indeed, many of them were released by Columbia Records on 78rpm shellac discs.
When Krupa signed a lucrative contract which was offered to him by Norman Granz from the Verve jazz label in the mid-Fifties and went on tour with Jazz At The Philharmonics, the idea was born to re-record the numbers using hi-fi. Young arrangers were commissioned to revamp the familiar themes and former stars such as the trumpeter Roy Eldridge and the singer Anita O’Day were brought into the studio.

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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Big-band jazz at its very best, not in the least dull or outdated, performed not by veterans but by mature experts – that is what you get a dozen times over with this disc: twelve numbers, well-known for many, many years, but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.


Let Me Off Uptown
Rockin’ Chair
Opus 1
Fish Fry
Drummin’ Man
Drum Boogie
Boogie Blues
Leave Us Leap
Slow Down
Wire Brush Stomp
That’s What You Think
After You’ve Gone


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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm