“The Madman Swings It” – Gene Krupa And His Orchestra (1939)

If you play in a rock band, you’ll quickly come to learn that your band is only as good as your drummer.

So what happens when the drummer is allowed to lead an orchestra? Don’t look towards classical music to answer that one. This is jazz, baby, and this is Gene Krupa!

For comparison/contrast use only. From the French Chronological Classics CD series.

Composed by Olson/Russell/Martin. Brunswick 8335-B; Los Angeles, February 26, 1939: Gene Krupa-dir-d/Ray Cameron-Charles Frankhauser-Tom Gonsoulin-t/Tyler-Bruce Squires-Dalton Rizzotto-tb/Bob Snyder-Mascagni Ruffo-as/Sam Musiker-ts/Sam Donahue-ts-a/Milton Raskin-p/Ray Biondi-g/ Horace Rollins-sb/Jimmy Mundy-a.

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