Krazy Kapers

Krazy Kapers

by Duke HeigerDuke Heiger


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Trumpeter Duke Heitger gathered together a septet of young swing and classic jazz greats for Krazy Kapers. Heitger's style ranges from Bunny Berigan to Louis Armstrong without copying either, Evan Christopher has continued to grow as a clarinetist and occasional altoist year by year, and Brian Ogilvie has fluent styles on both tenor and clarinet. The rhythm section (pianist Steve Pistorius, guitarist John Parker, bassist James Singleton, and John Gill on drums, guitar, and banjo) is excellent too. The 13 songs on this set mostly date from the late '20s and 1930s, but these versions are not mere recreations of the past. Sometimes the renditions hint at earlier recordings, but the arrangements are fresh and usually a bit different than expected, being creative within the genre of the era. The five musician vocals (three by Heitger) are fine, the ensembles balance well between being jammed and arranged, and the use of steel guitarist John Fohl on two Hawaiian songs ("Blue Hawaii" and "Song of the Islands") is a charming bonus. Other highlights include "Savoy Blues," Don Redman's "No One Else but You," "Just a Gigolo," and Jelly Roll Morton's "Frog-I-More Rag." "I Want to Be Happy" explodes with joy and Heitger does a fine job of emulating Cootie Williams on "Solitude." Suffice it to say that classic jazz, Dixieland, and swing collectors will all enjoy Krazy Kapers.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2004
Label: Jazzology
UPC: 0762247633921
catalogNumber: 339


  1. Savoy Blues
  2. She's Funny That Way
  3. Krazy Kapers
  4. Blue Hawaii
  5. No One Else But You
  6. Just a Gigolo
  7. I Want to Be Happy
  8. Love Will Find a Way
  9. She Keeps It Up All the Time
  10. Frog-I-More Rag
  11. Solitude
  12. Comes Love
  13. Song of the Island

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Heiger   Primary Artist
John Gill   Banjo,Guitar,Drums
Steve Pistorius   Piano
James Singleton   Bass
John Fohl   Steel Guitar
Evan Christopher   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Duke Heitger   Trumpet
Johnny Parker   Guitar

Technical Credits

Eubie Blake   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Kid Ory   Composer
Don Redman   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Noble Sissle   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Steven Lewis   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Charles E. King   Composer

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