Gene Krupa

Ace Drummer Man

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This collector's LP has some very interesting music from drummer Gene Krupa that had not been available elsewhere. Nine songs are from a broadcast by Krupa's 1947 big band, a unit that made very few recordings. There are vocals by Dolores Hawkins and Buddy Hughes and fine solos by altoist Charlie Kennedy, Buddy Wise on tenor and trumpeter Ray Triscari. Highpoint of the album are two selections ("Liza" and "Hodge Podge") from a 1943 V-Disc featuring the trio of clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, pianist Dodo Marmarosa and drummer Krupa; these are among DeFranco's very first records. Krupa is heard with tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura on two songs taken from a different V-disc (including a version of their hit "Dark Eyes") plus on two other tunes that feature singer Anita O'Day with his 1945 big band. None of the music has yet been issued on CD so this LP is well worth searching for by Gene Krupa fans.