Gene Krupa: Lover




Gene Krupa (drums)


Drummin' Man (Sony Jazz 5016472)

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Gene Krupa (drums), Don Fagerquist (trumpet), Charlie Ventura (tenor sax),

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

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  • 1 Mr Mr // Oct 30, 2008 at 12:34 AM
    Overlong? Seen but not heard? Drums are the backbone of every good jazz group, why not hear them sometimes? I understand the idea that sometimes a drum solo can seem "busy" or "messy", but Gene Krupa is one of the few drummers I can stand. This is a great swinging tune, and deserves a better review than this. And by 1945 swing was in. I would hardly say the "parking meter had expired" on dance music, rather, it was in it's prime.