Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Live from London House

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Live from London House

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Gene Krupa Quartet

Live from London House

Mr. Music MMCD-7020

Eddie Wasserman (ts,cl,fl) Ronnie Ball (p) Jimmy Gannon (b) Gene Krupa (d). One Night Stand #5030, Boulevard Room, Sheraton Jefferson Hotel, St Louis, March 29, 1958; One Night Stand #4777, London House, Chicago, March 13, 1959 & November 1, 1960.

1958: Flying Home/Yesterdays/There Will Never Be Another You/ Memories Of You; 1959: Three Little Words/But Not For Me/High Falutin'/Indiana/Tenderly/Perdido; 1960: Theme/Sultry Serenade/I Never Knew/Poor Butterfly/More Perdido. TT 74:08

Drumming and drum kits were never the same after Krupa: first to record using a bass drum pedal in 1927 (although some believe Baby Dodds many have done so earlier); inventing the rim shot on the snare drum; helping to develop tom-toms with tuned top and bottom heads - important elements of any drummer's set-up; developing and popularizing many of cymbal techniques that are now standard.

The performing history of Krupa is well known, so we'll just describe him at the time of these recordings. By the late fifties, he was suffering increased back problems and then had a heart attack in 1960 which shut him down for months. His health was poor when these sides were made at age 50-51, yet he kept on performing and even rejoined the Goodman Quartet for a few live dates. He recorded seven significant LPs for Verve between 1958-1964, including Plays Gerry Mulligan and a recreation of his Quartet with his old sidekick, Charlie Ventura.

Krupa always had outstanding reed players with his trios and quartets. He had Ventura (ts) in the mid forties, early fifties, and finally in 1964 for Verve's reunion album, The New Gene Krupa Quartet, where Ventura played three reeds (as, ts,bar). He used the talented Eddie Shu (tp,cl,as,ts,accord,hca) regularly from 1954-1957, with a live outing on CBS in 1967, Gail Curtis (cl,ts) for a 1957 Verve LP, and then Wasserman (fl,cl,ts) from late 1958. …

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