Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Gene Krupa Quartet - Complete 1955 Session

Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson were old friends by the time this 1955 record date took place. They had started working together under the wing of Benny Goodman in 1936, when the celebrated quartet (preceded by the trio minus Hampton) was formed. It was a historical group for at least two reasons. First of all, its musical cohesion and quality were among the very best, as all four band members were true jazz stars. Secondly, it was the first racially intergrated group to achieve mainstream success (racially mixed sessions had been previously made in the studio, such as the 1929 "Knockin' the Jug" session with Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden, but to present an intergrated band in concert halls and movies as Goodman dared to do, was an absolutely different thing). Countless recordings of the quartet exist — made in the studio and taken from live broadcasts — between 1936 and 1938, when Wilson and Hampton left to form their own bands. Krupa would also forms his own orchestra, but like Wilson, he would occasionally return to play with Benny. Following 1938, however, not a single recording seems to exist featuring Krupa, Wilson and Hampton together until our 1955 session, which appears here in its entirety and for the first time ever on CD. After this session, which took place after the filming of The Benny Goodman Story (the LP was advertised after the movie), there would be sporadic reunions of the quartet with Benny Goodman. The 1955 session stands alone as the only recording ever made featuring Krupa, Wilson and Hampton together without Goodman. Although Benny Goodman is absent from our 1955 session, it is still a quartet performance, as bassist Red Callender joins Krupa, Wilson and Hampton for the date. It was originally issued both on LP (presenting the six initial tracks of our CD) and EP (which contained the last two tracks). Both editions are extremely difficult to find, and it’s a real pleasure to be able to listen to this wonderful swinging music again.
Marion Cinder
From the booklet

Gene Krupa
Quartet

Lionel Hapmpton & Teddy Wilson
(The Complete 1955 Session)

Tracks

1 Avalon (DeSylva, Jolson, Rose)  8:21
2 Just You, Just Me (Greer, Klages)  6:32
3 Blues for Benny (Krupa, Hampton, Wilson)  7:41
4 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  8:51
5 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  5:56
6 Airmail Special (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  7:13
7 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:14
8 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  7:03



Personnel
Gene Krupa - dr
Lionel Hampton - vb
Teddy Wilson - p
Red Callender - b

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; July 31, 1955

35 comments:

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Exceptional!

Scoredaddy said...

great, never saw this before

John Pickworth said...

Many Thanks !

cooljazz said...

I'm a great fan of Gene Kreupa, so this is a must have album.Thank you.

ZM-JazzRock said...

merci beaucoup mon cher Mel.

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchisimas gracias, maestro

rm said...

merci beaucoup

wouter said...

a very nice album!
thank you very much, mel!

Jaffa said...

Lovely - haven't heard this one for years ! Thanks a lot :-)

Otis Foster said...

Most welcome - thnx.

Otis

Eric said...

Thank you again....and again and again....

Philo said...

Another wonderful jazz obscurity! Thanks Mel.

CrunchyFrog said...

Wonderful to finally hear this - great share, thanks a million.

F.C. said...

A true treasure, thank you very much

blissedout said...

Saints alive! This is an ear opener. Thanks, Mel. Enjoy your so well-deserved August respite.

musician3 said...

Great...................Thank You

neil said...

Nice one, mel!

ruperberger said...

Gracias Mel! Otro gran album para atesorar!!!

Kovina Kris said...

This looks great. Thanks Mel!

Albertito Jazz said...

Incredible, marvellous, wonderful records. Thanks for all the music of the weekend, Melanchthon. Your music is my hobby!

Montag said...

Many thanks - most appreciated!

Alberto Cos said...

Je ne peut pas rien faire sauf remercier et remercier encore!!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

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Chris said...

Thanks Mel for the re-up!

Jan Vronský said...

Thank you!
JV

hepcat said...

Thank you very much!

Doug said...

Thanks a bunch!

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Luis said...

Thank you Mel! A great upgrade to my poor mp3.

Marciano said...

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roberth said...

Melanchthon thank you for this and all the other teddy wilsons as well as the informative posts on the music. thanks
robert