Personnel: Gene Krupa (drums); Delores Hawkins, Buddy Hughes (vocals); Mike Triscari, Bob Lesher (guitar); Harry Terrill, Tommy Lucas, Sam Marowitz, Charlie Kennedy (alto saxophone); Buddy Wise, Charlie Ventura (tenor saxophone); Jack Schwartz, Larry Patton, Joe Koch (baritone saxophone); Don Fagerquist, Gordon Boswell, Ed Badgley, Joe Triscari, John Bello, Vince Hughes, Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Red Rodney (trumpet); Dick Taylor , Tasso Harris, Nick Gaglio, Jack Zimmerman, Bob Ascher, Urbie Green (trombone); William Baker , Buddy Neil, Teddy Napoleon (piano).
Liner Note Author: Alastair Robertson.
Recording information: Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA (01/17/1946-07/19/1947); New York, NY (01/17/1946-07/19/1947); Ney York City (01/17/1946-07/19/1947); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/17/1946-07/19/1947).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Anita O'Day; Buddy Stewart; Carola Grey.
This CD documenting recordings from 1946 and 1947 demonstrates the brilliance of the Gene Krupa Orchestra. Carolyn Grey's seductive singing on "That Old Devil Moon" and "Yes, Yes Honey" is simply unforgettable. Moreover, Charlie Ventura's Hawkins-esque tenor work on Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?" is striking and authoritative. The band really burns on "Leave Us Leap," spotlighting the dazzling stick work of the revolutionary drummer/bandleader. And not to be forgotten, Anita O'Day's (Krupa's most famous vocalist) singing on "Bolero At The Savoy" is as inimitable as it is charming.