"Gene's Blues" by Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa's drum solo from "Gene's Blues" from the album Gene Krupa and Buddy Richreleased November 1955.

Another transcription for Modern Drummer done back in 1998.

  • Gene Krupa on Drums
  • Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie on Trumpet
  • Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet on Tenor Sax
  • Oscar Peterson on Piano
  • Ray Brown on Bass
  • Herb Ellis on Guitar

I've always found Krupa's rhythmic displacement so unique. His choices were always so atypical. Still trying to figure him out.

Hit the blue Download button below to get the music and recording, print it out, and work it up.

Solo starts around 05:35

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