Paul Motian: Gene Krupa and Chick Webb

SKF NOTE: This is a very brief snippet from my interview with Paul Motian. An edited version of this interview appeared in the April/May 1980 Modern Drummer — which means I produced this interview as a freelance writer prior to being hired as MD‘s Managing Editor.

Paul Motian and I were in his NYC apartment. This was near the close of our interview. I was telling Mr. Motian how disappointing it was for younger drummers who, in the last years of his life, dismissed Gene Krupa‘s drumming as uninteresting and old-fashioned.

Motian responds with his recollection of Krupa, and how Motian discovered later in life how much Chick Webb influenced Gene Krupa. Here’s Chick Webb’s live recording of Liza mentioned in our conversation here.

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