Let Me Off Uptown [Drive Archive]

Let Me Off Uptown [Drive Archive]

by Gene Krupa


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Although left out of the history books, drummer Gene Krupa's 1949 big band was very bop-oriented. This Drive Archive CD (which reissues the contents of an Alamac LP), features highlights from three live appearances from an engagement in Hollywood. At the time trumpeter Roy Eldridge was back with the drummer/leader and he can be heard reviving his routine on "Let Me Off Uptown" with singer Dolores Hawkins and taking a couple of heated solos (including on "After You've Gone"). Also quite prominent are trumpeter Don Fagerquist (a fine bop soloist), trombonist Frank Rosolino (who sings "Pennies from Heaven" and "Lemon Drop") and tenor-saxophonist Buddy Wise. The recording quality is a bit erratic but the music from this forgotten band is often quite exciting.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/1996
Label: Drive Archive
UPC: 0780674245029
catalogNumber: 42450

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Krupa   Primary Artist,Drums
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Vocals
Lenny Hambro   Alto Saxophone
Frank Rehak   Trombone
John Bello   Trumpet
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Frank Rosolino   Trombone,Trumpet,Vocals
Don Simpson   Bass
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Ralph Blaze   Guitar
Gordon Boswell   Trumpet
Hernando Bravo   Percussion
Joe Cohen   Piano
Carl Friend   Tenor Saxophone
Delores Hawkins   Vocals
Dale Keever   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Pinson   Alto Saxophone
Herb Randel   Trombone
Ramon Rivera   Percussion
Buddy Wise   Tenor Saxophone
Walter Robertson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gene Krupa   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
G. Williams   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Seger Ellis   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer

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