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Classics 1945 - 1946 [French Import]

Gene Krupa & His Orchestra Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye, Anita O'Day, Hello, Carolyn Gray 7 April 2011
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During 1945, Gene Krupa's band was flying high, keeping pace with the new Herman Herd. However, one thing that Woody's Herd did NOT have was a lady jazz vocalist along the lines of ANITA O'DAY. Quite frankly, neither did anyone else because Anita was simply the best there was at the time! She knew it and she went out on her own in early 1946, coming up with records like "Hi Ho Trailus Bootwhip". In the meantime, Gene Krupa found a good replacement, CAROLYN GRAY, who happened to be Woody Herman's girl vocalist during the war years. The good thing is, by the time she joined Krupa, her singing style had improved tremendously. But man, she had some big shoes to fill, but she did a good job. Some people have made some unfair comparisons, certainly. On some tunes she tries to emulate Anita, like(Just The Other Day) but on others, she sounds a little like Peggy Lee, (I Want a Grown Up Man). I think she does well on both. Gene was also one of the first white bandleaders to embrace the new Bebop style. You can hear it creeping in especially with trumpet player Red Rodney's Dizzy Gillespie-type imitations,(Chiquita Banana). Love it!
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