Gene Krupa: Lover
Gene Krupa (drums)
Drummin' Man (Sony Jazz 5016472)
Pinky Savitt, Vince Hughes, Tony Russo (trumpet); Leon Cox, Dick Taylor, Andy Parker (trombone); Harry Terrill, Bill Hitz (alto sax); Charlie Kennedy (tenor sax), Sid Brown (baritone sax), Teddy Napoleon (piano), Frank Worrell (guitar), Irv Lang (bass).
Arranged by Eddie Finckel. Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.
Recorded: New York, September 26, 1945
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
With the Swing Era fading fast, its star drummer demonstrates how far both this song and big bands had come. In 1933, bandleaders Guy Lombardo and Paul Whiteman waltzed dancers around in dignity with "Lover," but Gene Krupa's postwar fox-trot is so frenetic even the most jittery jitterbugs couldn't keep up. Drum devotees, though, were no doubt delirious at Krupa's double-timed businessman's bounce, which includes a 30-second drum solo that'd be overlong at any length. (Like children in polite society, drum solos should be seen and not heard.) The parking meter on jazz's stint as America's dance music had clearly expired.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz