Gene Krupa & His Orchestra

1939

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The European label's third Gene Krupa set reissues all of the recordings made by the drummer's big band during a five-month period in 1939. Although working steadily, Krupa's Orchestra had not broken through yet (it was still two years away from its prime period). With Irene Daye contributing ten pleasing vocals among the 22 selections and such soloists as trumpeter Nate Kazebier, trombonist Floyd O'Brien, tenor-saxophonist Sam Donahue and pianist Milt Raskin (along with the drummer/leader), the group was starting to show some strong potential, particularly on the instrumentals such as "The Madam Swings It" and "Hodge Podge." Well-played if not overly distinctive swing music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Gene Krupa
2:43
2
feat: Gene Krupa
2:30
3
feat: Gene Krupa
3:03
4
feat: Gene Krupa
2:59
5
feat: Gene Krupa
2:37
6
feat: Gene Krupa
2:47
7
feat: Gene Krupa
2:41
8
feat: Gene Krupa
2:30
9
feat: Gene Krupa
3:03
10
feat: Gene Krupa
2:59
11
feat: Gene Krupa
2:57
12
feat: Gene Krupa
2:28
13
feat: Gene Krupa
2:38
14
feat: Gene Krupa
2:48
15
feat: Gene Krupa
2:35
16
feat: Gene Krupa
2:50
17
feat: Gene Krupa
3:05
18
feat: Gene Krupa
3:10
19
feat: Gene Krupa
3:12
20
feat: Gene Krupa
2:19
21
feat: Gene Krupa
2:40
22
feat: Gene Krupa
2:25
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