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This CD has a typical live performance from the late-'50s Gene Krupa Quartet. The veteran swing drummer liberally features Eddie Shu (heard on tenor sax, clarinet, harmonica, and trumpet) and pianist Dave McKenna (who at this early stage in his career had not yet found his voice yet), along with the supportive bassist John Drew. Krupa has a few short solos but mostly lets Shu and McKenna dominate the solo space, running through remakes of "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Dark Eyes," and "Drum Boogie," showcasing Shu on "Harmonica Shu Boogie" and jamming some swing standards. The disc gives one a good idea of the type of music Krupa was performing nightly with his swing group and it should please his fans.


Born: 15 January 1909 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

The first drummer to be a superstar, Gene Krupa may not have been the most advanced drummer of the 1930s but he was in some ways the most significant. Prior to Krupa, drum solos were a real rarity and the drums were thought of as a merely supportive instrument. With his good looks and colorful playing, he became a matinee idol and changed the image of drummers forever. Gene Krupa made history with his first record. For a session in 1927 with the McKenzie-Condon Chicagoans, he became the first musician...
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