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Gene Krupa Quartet: The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!

Read "The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

This was a period, late in Gene Krupa's career, when he really wasn't up to much, or so some critics said. Whether that's fair or not is not for me to say. When Krupa appeared in the summer of 1965 at the Steel Pier in jny: Atlantic City he only rated second billing to The Supremes. He didn't seem to care. The band he had was, with the exception of Eddie Shu, this one. If you were young and impressionable, ...

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Gene Krupa: Boogie, Ballads, and Be-Bop: The Best of the Columbia Years 1945-1949

Read "Boogie, Ballads, and Be-Bop: The Best of the Columbia Years 1945-1949" reviewed by David Rickert

Gene Krupa’s flailing arms and floppy hair were undeniable emblems of the Big Band Era. As the first drummer to explore the uses of the full drum kit in jazz (and insist that it be miked at full volume) he helped propel Benny Goodman to stardom-who hasn’t heard the famous opening to “Sing, Sing, Sing”? His success with Goodman (and, as some claim, ego clashes) led to Krupa forming his own big band, which was as successful as any of ...

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The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live from the Inn Club, Chicago, IL, January 11, 1957

Read "Live from the Inn Club, Chicago, IL, January 11, 1957" reviewed by Jack Bowers

By January 1957, when this concert date was recorded at the Inn Club in Chicago, Gene Krupa’s salad days as a member of the Benny Goodman Orchestra and leader of his own big bands were behind him, but he remained a major figure on the Jazz scene, even though his flamboyant style of drumming, once considered state–of–the–art (at least in the public’s mind), had been overshadowed by the incomparable Buddy Rich and such be–bopping innovators as Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, ...


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