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5 Classic Albums Plus - Gene Krupa - Sextet 1 2 3 / Hey Here's Krupa / Trio Collates


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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avid Records
  • ASIN: B0091UN4OY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Gene Krupa Sextet #1/#2/#3/Hey Here`S Gene Krupa/The Gene Krupa Trio

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Great photo's and liner notes.
Gerard Masters
It's a very well-planned compilation, with high-quality sound restoration.
Barry McCanna
The music in this compilation is great.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna on October 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The genesis of this reissue is somewhat complicated. The first CD comprises the contents of three 10" LPs, all by the Gene Krupa Sextet. Four numbers were recorded in April 1953, with Charlie Shavers, Willie Smith, Teddy Wilson, Steve Jordan & Israel Crosby. They were bundled with two of eight numbers recorded in September 1953, and issued on the second album; the rest were issued on the first LP. The line-up for the second date had altered somewhat; out had gone Smith, Jordan & Crosby, to be replaced by Bill Harris, Ben Webster, & Ray Brown. The third date, February 1954, was back to the original line-up, but for Ben Webster, whose place was taken by Eddie Davis. This LP was also issued as "The Driving Gene Krupa".

The second CD begins with "Hey ... Here's Gene Krupa" which was recorded in mid-1957 with Eddie Shu, Dave McKenna & Wendell Marshall, and released on Verve in 1959. "The Gene Krupa Trio Collates" with Charlie Ventura and Teddy Napoleon was a 10" Mercury album issued in 1953. Just to further complicate matters, the six tracks were later combined with the first two Sextet LPs and repackaged as "Drum Boogie" and "The Exciting Gene Krupa". The compilation concludes with the EP "Drum Boogie" which was recorded in Tokyo in April 1952.

Gene Krupa pioneered the extended drum solo, and always made his presence felt, not least by his deployment of the bass drum. As you'd expect, these recordings from the fifties offer exciting hard-driving jazz, particularly the Sextet albums, which feature lusty contributions from Bill Harris. They include also moments of lyrical beauty as on "Don't Take Your Love From Me" and "Imagination" both of which feature Ben Webster, with Charlie Shavers doing a fair impression of Harry James in the latter. It's a very well-planned compilation, with high-quality sound restoration.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gertrude da Goat on November 27, 2012
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The folks who produced this 2 cd set of Gene Krupa, really know what they are doing. The material here sounds better than any of the other remasters I have heard of the GK sextet. In particular the sound of the "Hey, Here's Gene Krupa" sounds crisper and cleaner than another version I own on cd. Now you can hear all the nuances of Gene's spectacular brush work. The hi-hats have the "chick" sound that gets lost on other cds. That being said, the sound is full and warm.

The 50's were a fantastic period for Gene. Here you get more than your money's worth with 5 albums of the GK Sextet and one EP of Krupa's impossible-to-find Japanese EP: Drum Boogie.

One can only hope that we'll be seeing some more of Gene's output from the 50's appearing here soon!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Masters on March 2, 2013
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Play them drums! Great photo's and liner notes. Avid continues to impress with these 4 album titles....for around $10!! I'm in Jazz Heaven!!
Gerard Masters
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen M Corleto on May 9, 2013
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Awesome!
My husband enjoed this very much! Great for Drummers!
A great gift for Birthday or for any time. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Hardy on April 22, 2013
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Very well mastered, with an excellent selection of songs. Highly recommend it as a mainstay for a big band jazz collection
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