Live at the New School

Live at the New School

by Gene KrupaGene Krupa


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During the last years of his life, Gene Krupa suffered from more than his share of health problems, including leukemia, emphysema, heart disease, and severe back pain. But despite all he went through, the drummer was still able to provide some inspired performances here and there. One of them came on April 17, 1973, when he was joined by tenor saxman Eddie Shu, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Nabil Total at the New School in New York. That performance, recorded only six months before Krupa's death, went unreleased for 26 years but finally saw the light of day when Chiaroscuro put out Live at the New School in 1999. This CD finds Krupa in good form, and the drummer's many health problems don't prevent him from playing with a lot of enthusiasm on swing era classics like "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Don't Be That Way," "Take the A Train," and "Undecided." Unfortunately, the sound quality isn't great -- listenable, certainly, although not very sharp and not great by 1973 standards. But while Live at the New School falls short of essential, it's a valuable and historically important recording just the same -- and it's one that completists and Krupa's diehard fans will be glad to have.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/1999
Label: Chiaroscuro Records
UPC: 0091454020720
catalogNumber: 207
Rank: 129664


  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Don't Be That Way
  3. Undecided
  4. Take The "A" train
  5. Drum Boogie
  6. As Long As I Live
  7. Body And Soul
  8. Caravan
  9. Sing, Sing, Sing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Krupa   Primary Artist,Drums
John Bunch   Piano
Eddie Shu   Harmonica,Tenor Saxophone
Nabil Totah   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Eldridge   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Gene Krupa   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
George Wettling   Portrait Photography
Jon Bates   Remixing
Hank O'Neal   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
John McDonough   Liner Notes
Sydney Robin   Composer
Paul Davis   Cover Design,Liner Design
Fred Miller   Engineer

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