Guard Sessions

Guard Sessions

by Gene Krupa Quartet


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After a successful singing career in the 1950s, Tony Bennett, like many of the jazz-based crooners of his era, had a bit of a commercial falloff with the advent of rock & roll in the early '60s. Bennett, for his part, moved even closer to jazz in his stage shows, and then saw his popularity spike when his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," became a big pop hit in 1962. It was Bennett at his best, working to the pop side of jazz, and it established him as an iconic singer and entertainer, his singing always warm, graceful, and full of an easy and offhand elegance. He picked his material carefully, avoiding novelty and trendy songs, and he built an impressive catalog of classic songs, many of which are firmly established as part of the ever-shifting American Songbook. This set collects four live radio sessions Bennett did with jazz drummer Gene Krupa and his band, which included Eddie Wasserman (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone) and John Bunch (piano), as part of the National Guard recruitment program in 1962, just prior to the release of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as a single. An early version of it is included here.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2011
Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear
UPC: 5019317080389
catalogNumber: 838
Rank: 145467

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Krupa Quartet   Primary Artist
Tony Bennett   Vocals
John Bunch   Piano
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Wasserman   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Pealman   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Bob Crosby   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Ray Bauduc   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Gil Rodin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Walter Cross   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Michael Arié   Source Recordings
Sid Robin   Composer
Ted Kochler   Composer
Bennie Kruegar   Composer
Maxwell Andersen   Composer

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