by Gene Krupa & His OrchestraGene Krupa & His Orchestra


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The 11th CD in Classics' Gene Krupa series has the final recordings of his 1942 big band, all eight recordings by his short-lived "Band That Swings With Strings" and the debut of the Gene Krupa Trio. The last numbers by the 1942 band include four Anita O'Day vocals (highlighted by "Massachusetts" and "Murder, He Says"), trumpeter Roy Eldridge's vocal on "Knock Me a Kiss," and the instrumental "That Drummer's Band." A special bonus on this CD are two trio cuts from 1944 with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and pianist Dodo Marmarosa that were originally issued as V-Discs. The string orchestra was a frivolity, and its best recording actually did not include the strings -- the pioneering bop vocal "What's This" featuring Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart. The CD concludes with three selections ("Dark Eyes," "Body and Soul," and "Stompin' at the Savoy") by the Krupa trio with tenor-saxophonist Charlie Ventura. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2000
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517109620
catalogNumber: 1096

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Krupa & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Johnny Desmond   Vocals
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Vocals
Earl Hines   Track Performer
Gene Krupa   Drums
Charlie Ventura   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Nero   Violin
Anita O'Day   Vocals
Tommy Allison   Trumpet
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Harry Klee   Alto Saxophone
Mickey Mangano   Trumpet
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Sam Musiker   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Newcombe   Bass
Marty Olson   Piano,Trumpet
Jerome Reisler   Violin
Tony Russo   Trumpet
Buddy Stewart   Vocals
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
George Walters   Piano
Teddy Walters   Guitar
Sid Weiss   Bass
Leon Cox   Trombone
Edward Mihelich   Bass
Teddy Napoleon   Piano
Stearns   Trumpet
Beck   Trumpet
Ray Biondi   Guitar
Don Brassfield   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Conigliaro   Trombone
Ben Feman   Alto Saxophone
John Grassi   Trombone
Rex Kittig   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Migliore   Alto Saxophone
Norman Murphy   Trumpet
Pinky Savitt   Trumpet
Joe Springer   Piano
Babe Wagner   Trombone
Murray Williams   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Ted Blume   Violin
George Cuomo   Guitar
Andy Pino   Tenor Saxophone
Greg Phillips   Trombone
Joe Dale   Drums
Ed Yance   Guitar
George Grossman   Viola
Francis Antonelli   Alto Saxophone
Bill Conrad   Trumpet
Lillian Lane   Vocals
Jacob Shulman   Violin
Paul Powell   Viola

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Russ Morgan   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
George Siravo   Arranger
Owen Bradley   Composer
Eddie Finckel   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Marvin Hughes   Composer
Elton Hill   Arranger
Harold Adamson   Composer

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