Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa, His Orchestra and Anita O'Day

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Gene Krupa reached his peak as a big band leader when Anita O'Day became his singer -- that band, which also included Roy Eldridge on trumpet in its 1941-1942 incarnation, lived up to all of the promise that Krupa's split from Benny Goodman had held. The band's records were in a class by themselves, so much so that most Krupa anthologies bypass the O'Day sides, assembling them separately. This compilation gathers together the best of the sides featuring O'Day, in good masterings for the time, from "Georgia on My Mind" in March of 1941 thru 1945's "Opus One." There's not a bad cut anywhere on this collection, which also features Eldridge to good advantage on the early numbers, singing with O'Day as well as playing. This was one of the best of Columbia's big band reissues on LP, and those still wedded to that format should hunt this down as one of the best of all '40s swing era collections.