Gene Krupa

1935-1938

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The first CD in the European Classics label's "complete" Gene Krupa series starts off with two all-star sessions that preceded the drummer's first dates as a big-band leader. Krupa, Benny Goodman, bassist Israel Crosby (featured on "Blues of Israel") and several sideman from Goodman's 1935 band jam four songs, and from the following year, Krupa is joined by trumpeter Roy Eldridge, tenor saxophonist Chu Berry, pianist Jess Stacy, guitarist Allan Reuss, Crosby and (on two of the four songs) singer Helen Ward. The two instrumentals ("I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music" and "Swing Is Here") are near-classics that are quite heated. Otherwise, this CD has Krupa's first 15 numbers with his big band, a promising outfit which during 1938 also featured tenor saxophonist Vido Musso, pianist Milt Raskin and the vocals of Irene Daye and Helen Ward. Highlights include "Feeling High and Happy," "Wire Brush Stomp" and the previously unissued "The Madam Swings It."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:41
2 2:42
3 2:43
4 3:08
5 3:02
6 3:00
7 2:56
8 2:54
9
2:31
10
2:30
11 2:15
12
2:30
13 1:56
14 2:38
15 2:36
16 2:20
17
2:20
18 2:10
19 2:20
20 2:06
21 2:38
22 3:00
23 2:47
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