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Gene Krupa

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Written by Bruce H. Klauber.

The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend. Drum History Book. Voicing/Format: Book and CD. 9x12 inches. 176 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AL.00-0757B)

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Alfred is pleased to present Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend, a photographic presentation of the life, times and music of "that ace drummer man." With over 200 photos that span six decades of jazz history, this most visual of performers, the man who made the drums a solo instrument, comes alive like never before. Contributing their own singular and often heartfelt insights about Gene are the finest percussionists in music today, including Phil Collins, Tommy Aldridge, John Blackwell, Peter Erskine, Ed Shaughnessy, Peter Criss, Kenny Aronoff, Alphonse Mouzon, Carl Palmer, Dave Garibaldi, Carmine Appice, Alex Acuña, Neil Peart, and Steve Smith. The companion CD includes previously unreleased tracks covering five decades of Krupa's unmistakable drumming. A must-read for fans of Gene Krupa, the swing era, jazz, drums, and drumming!

Recently reviewed by the U.K.'s "Rhythm" magazine, this title received five (out of five) stars, saying "(Gene Krupa's life) is captured in this terrific excellent collection that conveys much of the excitement of the all-to-brief period when jazz was the most popular music in the world. A must for hepcats, swingsters and drummers alike."

"Since I wanted to have something for nearly everyone, we'll wrap up with some jazz and pop related items. I've previously covered two DVD documentaries on drummer Gene Krupa produced by Krupa expert Bruce Klauber. Klauber's latest project is "Gene Krupa: The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend" (Alfred Publishing). It's 176 pages are chock full with 200 black and white photos (mostly publicity stills) taken over Krupa's long career, annotated by the author. As a "bonus", there's a CD bound into the back containing rare performances taken from both radio transcriptions and television soundtracks. Krupa fans will find this a nice addition to their collection. (Available at most major booksellers or from the author at"
-Steve Ramm, "Anything Phonographic," "In The Groove" magazine

"I highly recommend it! Not only to fans of Gene Krupa or jazz drumming, but to fans of drumming in general. Regardless of the style of music you play."
-TigerBill's Drumbeat

"Filled with hundreds of photos of one of the greatest drummers ever! Also includes CD recording of Gene with several big band orchestras. If you're a lover of "swing" and "jazz" music you must have this book. It's truly a collectable. Printed on special paper stock, all photographs have been carefully restored."

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