Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements: The Complete Studio Recordings
- Released: May 11, 2010
- Label: American Jazz Classics
- 1.Bird House
- 3.Mulligan Stew
- 4.Begin the Beguine
- 6.The Way of All Fish
- 7.Disc Jockey Jump
- 8.Birds of a Feather
- 9.Sometimes I'm Happy
- 10.How High the Moon
- 11.If You Were the Only Girl in the World
- 12.Yardbird Suite
- 14.Begin the Beguine [Alternative Version]
- 15.Bird House [Alternate Version]
- 16.How High the Moon [Alternate Version]
- 17.Disc Jockey Jump [Alternate Version]
- 18.Margie [Alternate Version]
Liner Note Authors: Helen Morgan; Richard Hadlock.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (01/22/1947/02/04/1947); New York, NY (01/22/1947/02/04/1947); Los Angeles, CA (05/27/1946); New York, NY (05/27/1946); Los Angeles, CA (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); New York, NY (10/20/1958-10/22/1958); Los Angeles, CA (1946-02-20&1946-02-26&1946-); New York, NY (1946-02-20&1946-02-26&1946-); Los Angeles, CA (1956-1947); New York, NY (1956-1947).
Arranger: Gerry Mulligan.
Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements is an unusual Gene Krupa album from 1958 that was reissued in 2005. Rather than hearing Krupa play his usual swing hits, this is essentially a revisit to his underrated 1946-1949 boppish big band. Mulligan revived some of his arrangements from the period ("Disc Jockey Jump" is the most famous chart) and added a few others in the same style. Krupa has a few drum breaks along the way but otherwise is nearly invisible, as this is more of a Mulligan than a Krupa set. The exact soloists are not identified, but trumpeter Doc Severinsen, trombonist Urbie Green, and altoist Phil Woods are among the many who are heard from. The music is cool-toned, lightly swinging, tasteful, and enjoyable. It is a pity, though, that Mulligan did not bring his baritone along and join in too. ~ Scott Yanow
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