Gene Krupa, Drummer Man (1956)
I was pleased to find this. Just the other weekend; it’s billed as Gene Krupa but also features Anita O’Day and Roy Eldridge – I had a couple of CDs of the Anita/Gene pairing (and some Roy too). I’m a fan of all three – but it’s O’Day in particular that I dig (no disrespect to the other two). I love the way her voice colours a tune. And what a great line-up on this LP – knockout songs, a swinging orchestra and incredible soloists/lead players – I didn’t know I wanted this record (I didn’t know I was looking for it) until I saw it there. And as soon as I saw it I was taken back to being 13 years old, the guy that was odd for having Gene Krupa tapes. And when people asked where I heard of this shit I would say that my mum reckoned it was cool and her dad also. And that didn’t necessarily help – because who listened to their mum or their grandfather as a teenager. I did – at least when it came to music. And I learned a lot. And I’m grateful – still.
Sample Track: Let Me Off Uptown
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