Tag Archives: Gene Krupa

High Marks for Wicket’s Period Drumming

SKF NOTE: This video grabbed my attention two days ago. I was unfamiliar with drummer Alan “Sticky” Wicket. But his period suit, drumset, and his swinging primarily on the snare drum is fun and instructive. This is the style of … Continue reading

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Rich, Krupa -‘Evolution’ – Essential Listening (1962)

SKF NOTE: Thank you to Verve records for making available Burnin’ Beat, a 1962 studio date wih Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. After finding this album as a vinyl cut-out in the 1970s – it had a significant impact on … Continue reading

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Gene Krupa – Not Bad for a Young Upstart

SKF NOTE: I wrote this column. It appeared originally in the Piscataquis Observer newspaper, May 31, 2019. Since I am no longer employed at the Maine State House (1989 – 2012), I haven’t tried this experiment. But every now and … Continue reading

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Musical Trio Drumming of Gene Krupa in 1945

SKF NOTE: I love Gene Krupa’s playing in all settings, but I hold a special place in my heart for his small group drumming. Here’s a familiar swing era tune, “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” with very musical playing by Krupa … Continue reading

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The Day Krupa Fired Gerry Mulligan

SKF NOTE: Gerry Mulligan wrote some great arrangements for Gene Krupa’s big band. Lemon Drop and Leave Us Leap come first to mind. I never met Mr. Mulligan, but from many accounts I’ve read, in addition to his talent as … Continue reading

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