|AVID Jazz presents four classic Gene Krupa albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
For our second set from the giant of the drums, Gene Krupa, we have selected "Sing Sing Sing"; "Gene Krupa Quartet"; "Krupa Rocks" and "The Jazz Rhythms of Gene Krupa".
Our first selection "Sing Sing Sing" re-visit a Krupa classic known as the "killer driller" when the great showman drummer stole the show from his band leader, Benny Goodman at the historic Carnegie Hall concert of 1938. For this particular version recorded in New York 1954 we hear Krupa alongside Eddie Shu on clarinet and Teddy Napoleon on piano for a fine ten minute workout! Nice! Our next selection "Gene Krupa Quartet" finds Krupa in a "first" as this is his first recording as a Quartet. Recorded in New York and Los Angeles in 1954 and 1955 he is joined again by Eddie Shu and Bobby Scott with Milt Hinton on bass in L.A. and John Drew on bass in New York. "Krupa Rocks" recorded in Chicago in 1957 finds Krupa joined by Gail Curtis on clarinet, with old chum Teddy Napoleon on piano and Mort Herbert on bass for another Quartet outing which as the original liner notes mention….."leads to an unusually gentle Krupa set….for the most part". "The Jazz Rhythms of Gene Krupa"was recorded around the same time as the "Quartet" album in 1954 and 1955 and again features Eddie Shu and Bobby Scott with Milt Hinton on bass in L.A. and John Drew on bass in New York and Teddy Napoleon on piano in New York.