Thinking of Gene

Thinking of Gene

by Michael Berkowitz
     
 
Drummer Michael Berkowitz brings back the sound of Gene Krupa and his orchestra on this intriguing set. Unlike too many of the swing big-band recordings of the past 40 years, this program does not have solos that are mere re-creations of the original recordings (although Steve Hawk does play tribute to Roy Eldridge on "Rockin' Chair").

Overview

Drummer Michael Berkowitz brings back the sound of Gene Krupa and his orchestra on this intriguing set. Unlike too many of the swing big-band recordings of the past 40 years, this program does not have solos that are mere re-creations of the original recordings (although Steve Hawk does play tribute to Roy Eldridge on "Rockin' Chair"). The arrangements are mostly transcriptions from the recordings but occasionally they are opened up a little. One could certainly imagine this band stretching out much more on some of the songs. Quite interestingly, the orchestra sounds as much like Krupa's 1946-1947 slightly boppish big band than it does his famous 1941-1942 version with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge. Annette Sanders shows plenty of spirit in her five vocals (which include a rousing "Boogie Blues") and Mike Tomaro on tenor fills in for Charlie Ventura on "Stompin' at the Savoy." Otherwise the soloists are unfortunately not identified. Mike Berkowitz does a fine job of sounding like Krupa on the famous charts. This enthusiastic set is much more rewarding than most of the more predictable swing re-creation projects and is quite fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Sea Breeze Records
UPC:
0017231214328
catalogNumber:
2143

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Performance Credits

Michael Berkowitz   Primary Artist
Craig Fraedrich   Trumpet
Graham Breedlove   Trumpet
Jay Gibble   Trombone
Annette Sanders   Vocals
Matt Niess   Trombone,Lead
Mike Tomaro   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Cortazzo   Bass Trombone
John Desalme   Saxophone
Steve Hawk   Trumpet,Soloist
Tony Nalker   Piano
Liesl Whitaker   Trumpet
Paul "Turk" Henry   Bass
Antonio Orta   Saxophone
Jim McFalls   Trombone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Roy Eldridge   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Gene Krupa   Composer
Julian Dash   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Steve Allee   Composer
Eddie Finckel   Composer
Ray Biondi   Composer
Seger Ellis   Composer
Phillip King   Photo Courtesy
John Allan   Photo Courtesy
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer

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