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5.0 out of 5 stars The Daddy of 'em all., 28 Nov 2007
Michael P. O'Hara "Miko" (Birchington,Kent.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Live at the New School (Audio CD)
As a jazz album alone this is worth five stars.When you know the history of the concert it becomes a most moving tribute to the man whom drummers regard as the "Daddy" of 'em all. The producer of the concert had been unable to contact Krupa for several weeks before the gig and was worried that he might not show up.On the night he saw Krupa in the doorway,clearly distressed and in pain.He had been in hospital being treated for the leukaemia which would help to kill him later that same year,and to add to his woes his house had been burned down and all his memorabilia lost.The producer said he would cancel,and records that Krupa gave him a grin and said that he would take some painkillers and do the gig. The result was fantastic.
Not only does Krupa not miss a beat...he takes three extended solos which had the audience roaring for more.Aided by multi-instrumentalist Eddie Shu,pianist John Bunch,and bassist Nobby Totah Krupa is amazing. On "Drum Boogie" he shows what a powerhouse he was.On "Caravan" he demonstrates hand independence and great taste,and on "Sing Sing Sing" we find that he can find new things to say even on a number that he has played thousands of times before ,and still confine himself to the tom-toms.The excitement he generates is beyond belief.
That same year Buddy Rich said that he tried to cancel one of his own gigs to see Krupa,such was his love for the man. This album shows you why.
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