Thinking of Gene

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Sea Breeze Records
  • UPC: 017231214328
  • Catalog Number: 2143

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Starburst (Theme)/Leave Us Leap? (3:52)
  2. 2 Wire Brush Stomp (2:14)
  3. 3 Tuxedo Junction (3:04)
  4. 4 Massachusetts (3:22)
  5. 5 That's What You Think (3:59)
  6. 6 "Rockin'" Chair (3:16)
  7. 7 The Drummer's Band (3:00)
  8. 8 "Stompin'" at the Savoy (4:52)
  9. 9 Gene's Boogie (2:57)
  10. 10 Thinking of Gene (3:38)
  11. 11 Opus One (3:09)
  12. 12 Boogie Blues (3:45)
  13. 13 Lover (2:52)
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Album Credits

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
John Guth Mastering
Ray Biondi Composer
Seger Ellis Composer
Phillip King Photo Courtesy
John Allan Photo Courtesy
Buddy Feyne Composer
Kay Werner Composer
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