Gene Krupa with Roy Eldridge & Anita O'Day: Let Me Off Uptown

Track

Let Me Off Uptown

Group

Gene Krupa (featuring Roy Eldridge and Anita O'Day)

CD

Roy Eldridge with Gene Krupa and Anita O'Day – Uptown (Columbia CK-45448)

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Musicians:

Gene Krupa (drums), Roy Eldridge (trumpet, vocals), Anita O'Day (vocals),

Norman Murphy, Torg Halten, Graham Young (trumpet); John Grassi, Jay Kelliher, Babe Wagner (trombone); Sam Musiker (clarinet, tenor sax), Clint Neagley, Mascagni “Musky” Ruffo (alto saxes), Walter Bates (tenor sax), Bob Kitsis (piano), Remo Biondi (guitar), Ovid “Biddy” Bastien (bass)

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Arranged by Elton Hill. Composed by Earl Bostic & Redd Evans

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Recorded: New York, May 8, 1941

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Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

After leaving Benny Goodman to front his own band, drummer Gene Krupa adopted Goodman's policy of circumscribed racial integration. Krupa showcased Roy Eldridge just as Benny presented Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton—as featured soloists, not full-fledged band members. (Eldridge later insisted on joining the trumpet section.) Here, Roy costars with Anita O'Day in a skit about a white chick cluing a black guy on the uptown delights of rib joints, juke joints and hep joints. Once Anita authorizes him to "Blow, Roy, blow," Eldridge raises the roof faster than carpenters fastening rib, juke and hep joints. Implausible but good-natured.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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