Gene Krupa: How High the Moon


How High the Moon


Gene Krupa


Gerry Mulligan: Mullenium (Columbia/Legacy CK 65678)

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Gene Krupa (drums),

17-piece band featuring Red Rodney (trumpet), Dick Taylor (trombone), Charlie Kennedy (alto sax), Charlie Ventura (tenor sax)


Composed by Nancy Hamilton & Morgan Lewis. Arranged by Gerry Mulligan


Recorded: New York, May 27, 1946


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

By mid-1946, when Gene Krupa recorded 19-year-old arranger Gerry Mulligan's arrangement of "How High the Moon," the 1940 Broadway show tune was such a jazz staple that interpolating Charlie Parker's "Ornithology" (based on songwriter Morgan Lewis's lunar phases) was a transparent signal of wannabe hipness. Even so, the fading, 37-year-old Swing Era superstar drummer deserves credit, both as talent scout for discovering Mulligan and as bandleader for so crisply executing the lad's buoyant chart. Despite this track's substandard audio on Columbia's 1998 Mullenium CD, the postwar swing-to-bop transition is revealingly documented from the belly of the beastóGene Krupa's throwback big band.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


  • 1 Dr. Bruce H. Klauber // Jan 06, 2008 at 10:10 PM
    You should really consider doing an essay on just why you cannot stand Gene Krupa. I haven't read vile criticism like this--about anyone--since the days of Metronome Magazine. Did Gene do something to personally piss you off or what? Dr. Bruce H. Klauber Author: World of Gene Krupa Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend